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European Retail Briefing - April 2015

This month ERB includes:

  • An analyst comment about Kingfisher's future strategy and the DIY sector.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five major European economies.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.
  • A profile of leading French department store chain, Galeries Lafayette, taken from our newly-published, Department Stores - Europe report.  

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst comment

    • DIY in Europe approaching the key selling season.
      • How has the DIY sector performed?
        • Figure 1: DIY in key European Markets, 2011-14
      • What do we think about the future for DIY?
        • Actions speak louder than words
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2014-15
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2014-15
            • Inflation
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2014-15
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2014-15
          • Headlines

            • Convenience stores
              • Grocers
                • Clothing retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Health and beauty retailing
                          • Economy
                          • News Analysis: Food and Drink Retailing

                            • Convenience stores
                              • Belgium: Colruyt to roll out its own convenience store format
                                • Netherlands: Spar Netherlands to grow City store format
                                  • Russian Federation: Spar continues Russian expansion
                                    • Spain: Spar Spain sales edge up 0.5%
                                      • UK: Booker sales up 1% in Q4
                                        • UK: Scotmid and Seaton Valley announce merger
                                          • Grocers
                                            • Bulgaria: Rewe to withdraw from Bulgaria
                                              • France: Auchan revenues rise 14.7%
                                                • France: Carrefour
                                                  • …sales increase 6.2%
                                                    • …launches home scanning device
                                                      • Germany: Edeka
                                                        • …Kaiser takeover looking unlikely
                                                          • …Kaiser takeover blocked
                                                            • Germany: Kaufland introduces new private label range
                                                              • Ireland: Lidl to open 60 new stores in Ireland
                                                                • Ireland: Aldi to roll out free shuttle buses for students
                                                                  • Italy: Lidl pilots new format in Italy
                                                                    • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins focuses on private label
                                                                      • Portugal: Makro downsizes in Portugal
                                                                        • Russian Federation: Lenta raises $225m to fund expansion plans
                                                                          • Slovakia: Lidl to open major European distribution centre
                                                                            • Spain: Lidl plans €200m investment in Spain
                                                                              • Spain: Mercadona ups investment in 2015
                                                                                • UK: Aldi
                                                                                  • …becomes Britain’s sixth largest supermarket
                                                                                    • …plans more new stores than Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons combined
                                                                                      • …preparing for e-commerce trial
                                                                                        • …unveils £2.5m Easter campaign
                                                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                                                            • …and Decathlon announce partnership
                                                                                              • …to open first high street stores
                                                                                                • …unveils wedding collection
                                                                                                  • UK: Co-operative Food
                                                                                                    • …delivers ‘robust’ performance
                                                                                                      • …staff to receive an 8.5% pay rise
                                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                          • …full year sales down 4.9%
                                                                                                            • …new chief cuts down senior management team
                                                                                                              • …to stop using Intelligent Queue Management technology
                                                                                                                • UK: Netto announces locations of two new stores
                                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                    • …creates 480 digital jobs
                                                                                                                      • …looking to double its number of convenience stores
                                                                                                                        • …sales dip 0.4%
                                                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                            • …appoints Savills
                                                                                                                              • …director Patrick Cescau leaves
                                                                                                                                • …introduces In Farm We Trust concession
                                                                                                                                  • …takes sole ownership of 21 superstores
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Waitrose ties up with Johnson Cleaners
                                                                                                                                      • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hotel Chocolat hails ‘best ever Easter’
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Majestic Wine acquires Naked Wines
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Naked Wines seeks investment to open first stores
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Oddbins opens first beer-only shop
                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis: Non-food retailing

                                                                                                                                                • Clothing and footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: H&M sales rise 25%
                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Hugo Boss sales up 6%
                                                                                                                                                      • France: Vivarte announces a major restructuring programme
                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Macintosh Retail Group widens losses
                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: Inditex introduces profit sharing plan following earnings growth
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bank
                                                                                                                                                              • …former stores to be taken over
                                                                                                                                                                • …intellectual property put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché has challenging fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry café to open at flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Clarks
                                                                                                                                                                        • …introduces wi-fi and tablets
                                                                                                                                                                          • …opens refurbished Milton Keynes store
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: FG4 launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection sales fall 5.8% in 2014/15
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jimmy Choo like-for-likes grow 5.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Joules sales jump 21.3% thanks to international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales rise 5.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mulberry
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …announces new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …full year sales edge up 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ness attracts million pound investment
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: River Island opens new flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Schuh opens new digital store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Signet like-for-like sales rise 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: SuperGroup reveals strategy update
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …grows revenues by 20.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …makes a move into interior design
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Belgium: Marks & Spencer to return to Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos to trial 3D printed jewellery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&S posts improved performance in GM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Next sales rise 7.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches DIY range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …proposed purchase of 99p Store under scrutiny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Karstadt to pay €2.5m to ex-employees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ireland: Dunnes Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …employees vote for industrial action
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch online service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Spain: El Corte Inglés enters sale-and-leaseback deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bhs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sold to Retail Acquisitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …makes head office redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …new owner puts 52 stores under review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …announces Philippines expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …posts sales growth of 7.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: TJ Hughes eyes Bhs and B&Q sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Hornbach Group sees sales grow 6.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: Maxeda introduces video screens at till points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kingfisher ‘considering all options’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …acquisition of Mr Bricolage held up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sees sales and profits fall in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales increase 6.4% in first half of the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch new hybrid boutique format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wickes’ owner Travis Perkins sets out expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BrightHouse unveils ambitious growth plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dixons Carphone and Google team up on new shop-in-shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture and homeware retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DFS sales rise 10.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm sales rise 10.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Habitat opens new concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ScS sales up 14.5% in first results since flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Achica makes a loss of £7m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ao World chairman sells £10m stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts strong sales growth despite profit decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales up 19%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo sales rise 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Doddle launches ‘click-on-campus’ service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: DPD to launch click-and-collect initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ebay and Argos tie up for ‘click and drop’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail Group has weak end to the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Findel reports a 3.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Missguided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …launches physical concession in the US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …signs new fulfilment deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: N Brown issues second profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: New try-before-you-buy service for online shoppers to launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Net-a-Porter and Yoox to merge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado Group sales rise 19.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retailers given the go ahead for click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct launches personalised home pages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Decathlon turnover rises 10.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Evans Cycles attracts interest from Cotswold Outdoor owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: NBTY Europe to rebrand Dutch stores to Holland & Barrett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Well acquires Care4u
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Automotive retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Gaming retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Game Digital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports declining sales and profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches online marketplace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Books and cards retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Card Factory sales up 8.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hammerson almost doubles profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Meadowhall to undergo £50m refit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sheffield set for £480m regeneration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Westfield introduces Future Fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: European Parliament votes in favour of capping card transaction fees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Deflation in the grocery market reaches new low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales rise 2.9% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail sales up 1.7% in February
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop prices fall 2.1% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department Stores – Europe: Galeries Lafayette

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 6: Galeries Lafayette (Group): Group sales performance, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 7: Galeries Lafayette: Outlet data, 2010-14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Retail offering

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