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European Retail Briefing - August 2012

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

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  1. Analyst Comment

    • Will Amazon take over the world (or at least the European home shopping retail sector)?
      • Amazon soaring
        • Figure 1: Estimated Amazon revenues, major European markets, 2010-11
        • Figure 2: Annual revenue/gross merchandise volume growth, Amazon Inc and eBay Inc., 2007-11
      • Shop Direct and Otto: a tale of contrasts
          • Figure 3: Otto Group Germany and Shop Direct Group: Annual percentage change in revenues, 2009-10
        • Mobile a further opportunity
          • Figure 4: Percentage of internet users shopping via smartphones and tablets in the three months to January 2012
        • What this means
        • Headlines for the Month

          • Grocers
            • Clothing retailing
              • Mixed goods retailing
                • Miscellaneous specialists
                  • Department stores
                    • DIY retailing
                      • Music and Video Goods retailing
                        • Home Shopping
                          • Sports and Leisure Goods retailing
                            • Jewellers
                              • Economy
                              • Retail Sales Review

                                • Key points
                                  • France
                                    • Figure 5: France: Retail sales, 2011-12
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 6: France: Inflation, 2011-12
                                  • Germany
                                    • Figure 7: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 8: Germany: Inflation, 2011-12
                                  • Italy
                                    • Figure 9: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 10: Italy: Inflation, 2011-12
                                  • Netherlands
                                    • Figure 11: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 12: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2011-12
                                  • Spain
                                    • Figure 13: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 14: Spain: Inflation 2011-12
                                  • UK
                                    • Figure 15: UK: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 16: UK: Inflation, 2011-12
                                • News Analysis

                                  • Grocers
                                    • Belgium: Colruyt reports strong Q1
                                      • Belgium: Colruyt sales rise
                                        • France: Carrefour reports poor sales in Q2 and H1
                                          • France: Casino continues strong results and confirms Monoprix deal
                                            • Germany: Metro
                                              • …reports unexpected strong Q2, with growth in Europe
                                                • …wins ruling over Media-Saturn voting decisions
                                                  • Russian Federation: Magnit and O'Key report rising sales
                                                    • Russian Federation: X5 Retail chief executive leaves after weak Q2
                                                      • Spain: Dia reports turnover up 6.9% in H1
                                                        • UK: Aldi to create 3,000 new jobs
                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                            • …and Lidl increase pay to farmers after milk price protests
                                                              • …George opens first Guernsey store
                                                                • …Income Tracker: Disposable income stabilises in June
                                                                  • …to launch financial services
                                                                    • UK: Iceland
                                                                      • …and Farmfoods face milk price protests
                                                                        • …plans to launch online grocery site
                                                                          • …to roll-out Bonus Card and coupon initiative
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons
                                                                              • …and Asda in milk price war
                                                                                • …launches pop-up play parks
                                                                                  • UK: Nisa sees record sales growth
                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s to introduce renewable energy solution to 100 stores
                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                        • …Bank adds mortgages to its offering
                                                                                          • …invests in premium coffee shop
                                                                                            • …launched virtual shopping wall at Gatwick Airport
                                                                                              • …opens Olympic pop-up shop
                                                                                                • …superstore managing director to head Extra division
                                                                                                  • UK: The Co-operative
                                                                                                    • …Group’s CEO to step down
                                                                                                      • …looks set for further acquisitions
                                                                                                        • …secures £950m refinancing deal
                                                                                                          • Other Food Specialists
                                                                                                            • UK: Greggs' like-for-likes drop due to wet weather and store growth
                                                                                                              • UK: Thorntons reports like-for-like rise in Q4
                                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                                  • UK: Bargain Booze to appoint new chief executive
                                                                                                                    • UK: Oddbins launches campaign to oppose 'perverse' Olympic rules
                                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                        • Europe: Benetton to launch EU e-commerce site
                                                                                                                          • France: LVMH reports revenues up 26%
                                                                                                                            • Germany: Primark sees most successful store opening yet in Germany
                                                                                                                              • Latvia: H&M opens in Riga
                                                                                                                                • Sweden: H&M reports 3% increase in like-for-like sales in June
                                                                                                                                  • UK: All Saints returns to profit and considers expansion trail
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ann Summers sales up 78%
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                        • …reports 11% revenue boost
                                                                                                                                          • …to end fragrance licence agreement with InterParfums
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ethel Austin
                                                                                                                                              • …bought out of administration by Liric
                                                                                                                                                • …falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Evans to open new store on Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection
                                                                                                                                                      • …kidswear set for international expansion
                                                                                                                                                        • …reports falling revenues and issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hugo Boss reports 23% growth in Q2
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jigsaw parent reports £10m loss
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next reports strong online growth and ups profit target
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Prada’s first-half sales driven by Asia Pacific and Europe
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                                                                    • …plans Milton Keynes flagship
                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales rise despite bad weather
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Rag & Bone opens first London store
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Republic
                                                                                                                                                                            • …attracts premium menswear brands in upmarket repositioning move
                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches three new womenswear brands amid major growth strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Stella McCartney to launch new childrenswear range
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports falling underlying profits
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to expand categories
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Tom Ford to open first UK standalone store
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Urban Outfitters to open in Trinity Leeds
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Victoria's Secret delays UK launch
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Vivienne Westwood
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open store in Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: 99p Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports profit surge, but slowing growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to extend food offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wilkinson reveals new store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland appoints Tesco director as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Argos launches Habitat range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …announces new Per Una head
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …confirms Bostock's departure and reports sales down in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …first bank to offer fee-only service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …introduces contactless payment in London stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …shares rise amid speculation of a takeover bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Original Factory Shop reports rising EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wellchester to close down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous Specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …chief executive resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to offer practical driving tests in Government tie up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Hobbycraft looks to improve multichannel offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare UK like-for-like sales fall 6.7% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Karstadt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …lures UK retailer to Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to cut 2,000 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Allders purchase considered by former owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams expands footwear range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …opens revamped toy department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports profits up 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …director departs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches its biggest own brand yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open first ever pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports strong first half revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kingfisher reports flat like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Robert Dyas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …back to growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sold to Paphitis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Travis Perkins’ retail division reports 8.8% fall in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Darty chairman to leave earlier than expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Carphone Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …may takeover European venture after Best Buy bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports 2% decline in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Comet on track to return to black with new owners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons increases Pixmania stake
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Maplin managing director exits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and Video Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: HMV’s finance director set to depart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Xtra-vision looks to digital as pre-tax losses narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Games Workshop reports rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …boss Simon Fox departs and Jessops' boss takes over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Hammersmith Apollo deal complete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports full-year loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sales rise on back of Olympic ceremony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Musicroom reports 2.3% growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carpet and Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BrightHouse looks to boost online offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Carpetright receives boost from wet weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dreams' owner plans restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: PPR and Yoox in joint ecommerce venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Neckermann dispute continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Achica to launch own brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …retains top market share spot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to open new digital media development centre in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …denies director to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales up 31% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Brand Alley reports sales up 20% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: eBay partners with the British Fashion Council
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Farepak customers to receive half their money back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Findel reports 8% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ocado launches pop up virtual wall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct reports 36% boost in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Hut considers Sir Terry Leahy as new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Chanel to open pop-up fragrance and beauty store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lloydspharmacy set to make redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Perfume Shop to launch private-label collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: American Greetings' Clinton Cards acquisition to be investigated by OFT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Clintons unveils its rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Ireland: JD Sports opens first Bank store in Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …appoints La Senza director as new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …chief executive to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …investors consider turnaround strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …looks for further funding after sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …acquires stake in Flannels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports rising profits in "record" year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: LV opens first watch and jewellery store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Switzerland: Richemont's solid quarter looks good for half-year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boodles reports profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Pandora profits fall due to stock swap plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Signet Jewellers to cut 99 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Boxpark to open in Amsterdam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Euro retail sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bluewater to become UK's largest shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …July retail sales up 0.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …June retail sales boosted by Jubilee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports 0.5% fall in number of retail outlets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Capital Shopping Centres shows resilience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Consumer confidence still low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Food inflation for July reaches two-year low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Food is fastest growing sector for mobile searches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kantar: Discount grocers report strong growth in market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: London sees increase in footfall despite concerns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: London Waterloo station opens new balcony
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Inflation falls to 2.4% in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Retail sales volumes and values up in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Portas pilots round two revealed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sales soar at convenience stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Scottish retail sales poor in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop vacancy levels rise to record
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: West End suffers during Olympics, but etail grows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home Shopping – Europe: Amazon Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 17: Amazon.co.uk: Sales as share of All non-store retailers sales in UK, 2007-2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 18: Amazon.Europe: Sales as share of All non-store retailers sales in Europe, 2007-2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 19: Amazon Europe: Estimated financial performance, 2007-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Consumer profile
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 20: Amazon: Socio demographic customer profile, May 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 21: Amazon: Regional profile, May 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 22: Amazon: Customers’ financial situation, May 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Product mix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Social networks, m-commerce and apps

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