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European Retail Briefing - April 2019

This month's European Retail briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment - Where next for Kingfisher?
  • 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

    • Where next for Kingfisher?
      • One Kingfisher
        • Problems
          • Underlying trends are against DIY
            • Replacements
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                  • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2018-19
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2018-19
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2018-19
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2018-19
              • Launch Activity and Innovations

                • Belgium: Carrefour
                  • …launches first 'walk-in' drive in
                    • …forms a new partnership with Medi-Market
                      • Germany: Lidl launches chatbot service
                        • Netherlands: Albert Heijn latest retailer to trial plastic free fruit and veg
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                • Department stores
                                  • DIY retailing
                                    • Electrical retailing
                                      • Homewares retailing
                                        • Online
                                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                          • Co-ops
                                            • UK: Co-op
                                              • …launches new online delivery service
                                                • …posts best growth in seven years for its food business
                                                  • …teams up with ethical living app
                                                    • …to double number of stalls at UK music festivals
                                                      • …to stop selling kitchen knives in response to increase in knife crime
                                                        • Convenience stores
                                                          • UK: Shell launches a new rewards programme
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • France: Auchan
                                                                • …reports 3.3% fall in retail revenue
                                                                  • …announces cost cutting plan for its hypermarkets
                                                                    • Germany: Kochhaus files for bankruptcy
                                                                      • Germany: Penny recognised for its efforts in combating food waste
                                                                        • Germany: Rewe posts strong growth in 2018
                                                                          • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize acquires online health & nutrition platform
                                                                            • Romania: Mega Image to buy Zanfir
                                                                              • Spain: Mercadona revenues up by 6% in 2018
                                                                                • UK: Aldi unveils new local store format
                                                                                  • UK: Asda announces plans to sell George clothing products made of recycled plastic
                                                                                    • UK: Lidl to roll out wonky fruit & veg boxes
                                                                                      • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                        • …reports uplift in sales and profits
                                                                                          • …stocking up in preparation for a no-deal Brexit
                                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury's and Asda reveal new details of their official responses to CMA investigation
                                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                • …trial uses technology to recycle all forms of plastic packaging
                                                                                                  • …to trial plastic-free fruit & veg
                                                                                                    • …posts increase in full-year profits
                                                                                                      • Off-licences
                                                                                                        • UK: Majestic to rebrand as Naked Wines
                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                          • France: New Look French division seeking buyers for 30 of its stores
                                                                                                            • Poland: New Look Poland files for insolvency
                                                                                                              • Spain: Inditex reports a 2% rise in full-year profits
                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché
                                                                                                                  • …issues third profit warning
                                                                                                                    • …Philip Day acquires Bonmarché for £5.7 million
                                                                                                                      • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                        • …to create 800 new jobs through new Milton Keynes warehouse
                                                                                                                          • …trials selling vintage clothing online
                                                                                                                            • UK: Mamas & Papas enters into a partnership with John Lewis
                                                                                                                              • UK: Monki unveils sustainable swimwear line
                                                                                                                                • UK: Moss Bros posts a full year loss
                                                                                                                                  • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                    • …operations boss exits amid management reshuffle
                                                                                                                                      • …to stop selling menswear in-store
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next annual profits dip
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Philip Green looking to restructure Arcadia Group
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Pretty Green
                                                                                                                                              • …officially collapses into administration
                                                                                                                                                • …attracts interest from buyers
                                                                                                                                                  • …JD Sports acquires Pretty Green out of administration
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: River Island acquires Mint Velvet for £100 million
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Select lines up administrators
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                                                                          • …battling against its founder’s return to the business
                                                                                                                                                            • …Julian Dunkerton re-joins Superdry Board following narrow vote win
                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dune
                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches rescue bid for LK Bennett
                                                                                                                                                                    • …relaunches Head over Heels brand
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mike Ashley moves to buy LK Bennett
                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Op = Op files for bankruptcy
                                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Action posts 23% sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Poundworld founders launch discount chain One Below
                                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …revives This is Not Just marketing campaign for its food business
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to open larger food stores
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Karstadt and Kaufhof become Galeria Karstaft Kaufhof following merger
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …announces it is in advanced negotiations to secure a £150 million lifeline
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …considers pre-pack administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Sports Direct considers £61.4 million offer for Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …rejects Mike Ashley’s latest offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …secures £200 million cash injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …secures £200 million financing deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …Mike Ashley announces plan to take over the running of Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Sports Direct offer Debenhams a new loan
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis Partnership vows to have zero carbon emissions by 2050
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Hornbach reports fourth consecutive year of like-for-like sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topps Tiles reports improved second quarter sales performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Fnac Darty considering the acquisition of French retailer Nature & Découvertes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carphone Warehouse fined for mis-selling insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces opening date of new planning studio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …unveils latest Planning Studio in Bromley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ScS cautions that second half profit margins could be hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DFS sees surge in H1 profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Home furnishings retailer Kwantum posts 65% increase in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm reports strong third quarter growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Range set to open new head office this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Troc.com acquired by Happy Cash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zalando closes its private label business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: AO.com launches white goods rental service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ASOS to crackdown on serial returners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …acquires MissPap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …new CEO takes over at Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Eve Sleep reports widening losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Express Gifts rebrands to Studio Retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Findel rejects Mike Ashley’s takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Gear4Music posts second profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Little Mistress to launch rental service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …revenue increases by 11.2% following warehouse blaze
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …starts trial of one-hour delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Oh Polly posts strong year-on-year growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct to rebrand as The Very Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Woven celebrates a successful 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …beauty halls undergoing a revamp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …possible Boots store closures ahead
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Paperchase CVA given the green light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Office Outlet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …collapses into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …administrators close 16 stores and axes 161 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Brompton Bicycle opening flagship in Westfield
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Evans Cycles to close 8 stores following Sports Direct takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports to buy Footasylum for £90m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: A further 6 Wyevale garden centres sold off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Nisa signs new partnership with Dobbies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Game ramping up its transformation strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hobbycraft launches Custom Crafting experience at Crawley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Entertainer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports 31% increase in full-year profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Mothercare sells Early Learning Centre to The Entertainer for £13.5 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: February retail sales up by 4.0%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Google launches digital skills programme to boost high streets

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