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European Retail Briefing - April 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Carrefour's new mobile payment app
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales 
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Carrefour's New Mobile Payment App

      • What we’ve seen
        • Carrefour Pay
          • Other similar initiatives
            • LyfPay
              • Lydia
                • Auchan
                  • Casino
                    • The young will drive growth
                      • Figure 1: Personal ownership of smartphones, Q3 2017
                      • Figure 2: France: factors to improve at grocery retailers, September 2017
                    • What it means
                    • European Retail Sales

                      • Key points
                        • Retail sales
                            • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                            • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
                          • Inflation
                            • Figure 5: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2017-18
                            • Figure 6: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2017-18
                        • Launch Activity and Innovations

                          • Austria: Media Markt opens checkout-free store
                            • France: Intermarché pilots delivery by customers
                              • Germany: Aldi launches wine range with host of ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’
                                • Germany: Fashion company launches currency to close gender pay gap
                                  • Germany: Lidl to start selling BMW
                                    • Netherlands: Spar Netherlands introduces checkout free store
                                      • UK: Co-op teams up with Live Nation for festival rollout
                                        • UK: Dunelm trials DIY offering in-store
                                          • UK: eBay introduces Shop the Celebrity Look image search
                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s trials overhaul of Nectar loyalty scheme
                                            • Headlines for the Month

                                              • Food and Drink
                                                • Clothing and footwear
                                                  • Home and household goods
                                                    • Online
                                                      • Other Retailing
                                                        • Economy
                                                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                          • Austria: Spar Austria
                                                            • …introduces dedicated health & nutrition section in-store
                                                              • …introduces reusable shopping bags
                                                                • Belgium: French retailer Franprix enters Belgian market
                                                                  • Denmark: Coop Danmark profits nearly double over 2017
                                                                    • France: Auchan
                                                                      • … profit falls in 2017
                                                                        • … and Casino Group enter into purchasing agreement
                                                                          • France: Carrefour
                                                                            • …acquires majority stake in meal kit company
                                                                              • … launches mobile payment app
                                                                                • France: Casino and Amazon team up for Prime Now
                                                                                  • France: Les Mousquetaires report sales increase of 2.1%
                                                                                    • Italy: Auchan launches mobile payment app with Mastercard
                                                                                      • Portugal: Pingo Doce relaunches online delivery 15 years after closure
                                                                                        • Portugal: Sonae retail performs well in 2017
                                                                                          • Romania: Carrefour Romania launches app as part of digital strategy
                                                                                            • Spain: DIA exits China with the sale of Shanghai stores
                                                                                              • Spain: Eroski to continue Contigo store format rollout
                                                                                                • Spain: Mercadona sales rise 6% but profits halve
                                                                                                  • UK: Aldi commits to making all own-label packaging sustainable by 2022
                                                                                                    • UK: Bestway buys Bargain Booze as part of £7.25 million deal
                                                                                                      • UK: Co-op
                                                                                                        • … to change own-brand water to 50% recycled bottles
                                                                                                          • … returns to profit as food sales rise in 2017
                                                                                                            • UK: Conviviality
                                                                                                              • … expected to appoint administrators
                                                                                                                • … appoints administrators
                                                                                                                  • … files for administration
                                                                                                                    • … issues profit warning
                                                                                                                      • … sells wholesale arm to Magners cider owner
                                                                                                                        • UK: Marks & Spencer appoints CEO of Steinhoff UK to head up food business
                                                                                                                          • UK: Morrisons sales and profits rise in 2017
                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado retail revenue rises in Q1
                                                                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                                • … reportedly looking at Mothercare takeover
                                                                                                                                  • … to sell Tu clothing range on Argos with next day delivery
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Simply Cook expands to supermarkets
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Tesco expands plant-based range
                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                                        • Europe: C&A expands online retail to 11 new countries
                                                                                                                                          • France: Primark continues expansion into France
                                                                                                                                            • Spain: Inditex sales and profit soar over 2017
                                                                                                                                              • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                                • … profits plummet 60.7% due to discounting and low sales
                                                                                                                                                  • … sales remain flat in Q1
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Farfetch signs deal with Harvey Nichols ahead of IPO
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: French Connection
                                                                                                                                                        • … retail revenue falls
                                                                                                                                                          • … to sell Toast brand
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M launches wedding range
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jigsaw seals £20 million rescue deal
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Missguided to expand into the Middle East
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Moss Bros
                                                                                                                                                                    • … issues full year profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                      • … profits fall due to stock shortage and poor December results
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                          • … drafts in KPMG for restructuring as lenders agree to defer financial covenant testing
                                                                                                                                                                            • … eyes CVA as a way to close stores
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: New Look creditors approve CVA plans to reduce rent and cut stores
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Next sales and profits fall after “self-inflicting” errors
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Select seeks CVA to cut store numbers and rent
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Superdry co-founder steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker bucks high street trend with sales and profits growth
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Zara to introduce augmented reality on window display
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports to acquire The Finish Line for $558 million
                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Carpetright
                                                                                                                                                                                                • … considering CVA as part of turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … secures emergency loan as it considers CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ScS sales and profits gradually rise in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Kingfisher profits fall as the UK experiences “softer sales”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Mr Bricolage sales fall but profit begins recovery in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Hornbach turnover grows to €4.1 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bunnings UK seeks buyer as bankers are bought onboard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Screwfix new marketing campaign sees charity renovated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles sales edge up in challenging H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: AO full year results to be in line with forecasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: GAME retail profit halves in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Grainger Games sees it suppliers credit limits cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Maplin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … job losses continue as administrators fail to find a buyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … sale looks unlikely as rivals look at stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: IKEA Italia sales up 1.3% as it considers 24-hour click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DFS profits fall 58% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dreams profits and sales grow for fourth consecutive year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: eve Sleep sales up 132% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Made appoints new CFO as it raises £40 million in equity funding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Spain: Amazon launches virtual Dash Buttons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ASOS to launch own-brand homewares range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … retail revenue rises in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … reveals low food waste levels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct adopts new technologies to improve customer experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Card Factory profits down over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Debenhams partners with Swoon Editions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ‘Department store for kids’ coming to Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harrods staff face sales commission cut of 25%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser to receive £15 million funding from owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Stacey Cartwright to leave Harvey Nichols
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Superdrug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … to release mini-documentaries for Pride 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • … to launch vegan pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Kering sells Stella McCartney back to designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: LVMH retailer revenue grows 9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Italy: Richemont’s bid for YNAP approved by competition watchdog
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Europe: Hammerson reports strong Q1 and puts Intu takeover on hold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Halfords CFO leaves for Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: La Grande Récré in trouble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Entertainer introduces Quiet Hour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Tiger founder to launch new kids and toys chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Toys R Us to close all stores as it fails to find buyer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Non-food discounters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundstretcher credit insurers cut cover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Easter high street footfall declines as shopping centres and retail parks increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: February retail sales rise in value and volume
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Food inflation falls to 12 month low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Government proposes plastic bottle and can deposit scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: March retail sales up despite poor weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Weather hits footfall in February

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