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European Retail Briefing - August 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on the quiet ascent of Richemont
  • 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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  1. Analyst Comment – The quiet ascent of Richemont

      • What we’ve seen
        • Digital invasion
          • Figure 1: Richemont brand IWC Schaffhausen on Mr Porter, 2018
        • Baume with the kids
          • Figure 2: Customisable Baume watch, 2018
          • Figure 3: Jewellery and watch shopper behaviour, by generation, July 2017
        • Shades of grey
          • Figure 4: Watch purchasing behaviour, July 2018
        • What it means
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
              • Figure 6: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
            • Inflation
              • Figure 7: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2017-18
              • Figure 8: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2017-18
          • Launch Activity and Innovations

            • Belgium: Carrefour launches new service featuring personal shoppers
              • France: Leclerc re-launches recycling programme
                • Germany: Kaufland launches new to-go brand
                  • Italy: Nova Coop adds in-store nutritional advice service
                    • Italy: Sephora launch new interactive store concept
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Grocers
                        • Footwear retailing
                          • Multi-sector retailing
                            • Electrical retailing
                              • Home shopping
                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                  • Jewellers
                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                      • Co-ops
                                        • UK: Co-op considering sale of insurance arm
                                          • Convenience stores
                                            • UK: McColl’s like-for-like sales down 2.7%
                                              • Grocers
                                                • Belgium: Albert Heijn raises profits by 40%
                                                  • Belgium: Carrefour launching online sales platform for local products
                                                    • France: French regulator to investigate effect of grocery mergers
                                                      • Germany: Kaufland pledges to reduce single-use plastics
                                                        • Ireland: Tesco Ireland appoints first female chief executive
                                                          • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize reports Q2 sales of €18 billion
                                                            • Netherlands: Dutch supermarket to provide online nutritional service
                                                              • Portugal: Intermarché to launch urban stores
                                                                • Spain: Gadisa launches two new Claudio Express stores
                                                                  • Spain: Mercadona invests €1.8 million into new supermarket
                                                                    • UK: Aldi
                                                                      • …and Lidl will close early if England makes World Cup Final
                                                                        • …suppliers contacted regarding ‘no deal’ Brexit
                                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                                            • …the first supermarket to join Microfibre Consortium
                                                                              • …260 jobs at risk as Asda warehouse faces closure
                                                                                • UK: Iceland
                                                                                  • …and The Range partner up
                                                                                    • …introducing 13 vegan-friendly foods to its stores
                                                                                      • UK: Lidl
                                                                                        • …plans to build 3,000 homes and a school
                                                                                          • …World Cup drives record breaking sales for Lidl
                                                                                            • …testing first fruit and vegetable boxes
                                                                                              • UK: M&S expands Click & Collect service
                                                                                                • UK: Morrisons introduce ‘quiet hour’ for autistic shopping
                                                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s to offer food-to-go range in selected WH Smith stores
                                                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                      • …facing £4bn bill as equal pay claims hit 1,000
                                                                                                        • …to unveil discount chain
                                                                                                          • …UK chief executive steps down due to illness
                                                                                                            • Other food specialists
                                                                                                              • Denmark: Hotel Chocolat Group transfer its retail stores to Retail Brands
                                                                                                                • UK: Greggs total sales up 5.2%
                                                                                                                  • UK: Hotel Chocolat revenue increases 12%
                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                    • UK: Barbour to launch new young fashion brand
                                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché report uplift in first quarter sales
                                                                                                                        • UK: Boux Avenue launches activewear range
                                                                                                                          • UK: Bravissimo full year sales up 3.4%
                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                              • …destroys £28.6 million worth of stock
                                                                                                                                • …Q1 sales up
                                                                                                                                  • UK: H&M team up with interior brand
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hugo Boss opening first standalone Hugo store
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Joules Group revenues rise 18.4%
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Matalan reveals strong first quarter revenue growth
                                                                                                                                          • UK: New Look profits rise during its first quarter
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next second-quarter sales up 2.8%
                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                • Belgium: FNG raises capital to expand Brantano business
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pavers launch new charity initiative
                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                    • UK: B&M
                                                                                                                                                      • …diversifies board with two female appointments
                                                                                                                                                        • …trading update
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                            • …employees face redundancy as further 40 stores set to close
                                                                                                                                                              • …founder of Poundland reportedly considering a return to the high street
                                                                                                                                                                • …brand could be saved
                                                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • France: LVMH reports strong first half
                                                                                                                                                                      • Spain: Major retail merger between El Rincon and Martin Martin
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                          • …and Decoded launch world’s first retail data academy
                                                                                                                                                                            • …threat of even more store closures
                                                                                                                                                                              • …making further cuts to management roles
                                                                                                                                                                                • …partners with True as part of digital innovation drive
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …partnership with Founders Factory aims to invest in start-ups
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …strikes deal with Octopus Energy
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare raises funds with share offer
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …credit rating downgraded
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to launch in-store gym at Sutton branch
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …under pressure as credit insurers reduce cover
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …C. Banner rescue deal falls through
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …CVA to face legal challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …rescue deal faces delay
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …landlords dispute regarding House of Fraser’s CVA proposals reaches agreement
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …turning to Mike Ashley for possible £50 million rescue
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …bought by Sports Direct for £90 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …set for biggest revamp of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …unveils its biggest fashion collection to date
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …the John Lewis Partnership selects finalists to join retail tech innovation programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: pressure on auditing watchdog to publish report on BHS audit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&Q
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …changes one loyalty scheme to push for lower prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …kitchens and bathrooms business creates 800 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …slashing prices to lure new customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Homebase owner plans a CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Travis Perkins report 4.6% decline in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Fnac Darty first-half results show strong growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm witnesses strong online sales performance (+41.8%)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …vows to remove all single-use plastic straws from products and restaurants by October
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …new store to open on Tottenham Court Road
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS report full-year trading in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Zalando second quarter revenue up 20.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Italy: JD.com wants to expand to Italy as part of European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …and first UK public sector procurement deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …UK tax bill lowest in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ASOS revenue up 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado first-half revenue up, but earnings down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Reshaping of Shop Direct board leads to departure of retail director Jon Rudoe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WhereWolf app launches first UK pop-up store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Holland & Barrett to launch vegan stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Card Factory Group sales up 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Works enters the stock market in £100 million float
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: North Face opens pop-up store at 2,100 metres altitude
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Evans Cycles reduces losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct profits drop by 72%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Denmark: Pandora chief steps down after sales growth warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Tiffany opening new Covent Garden Store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wyevale sells eight garden centres to Blue Diamond
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: French optician to launch in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: Gaming shop opens up second futuristic concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Games Workshop annual report shows profits nearly double
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Six Toys ‘R’ Us stores sold for £30.5 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Pets at Home reports 8.1% revenue growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boxpark to open on Brighton seafront
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Coal Drops Yard confirms opening date of October 26
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Hammerson sells two retail parks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ICON outlet reveals first signings for opening in 02 centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Intu half-year performance hailed as resilient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …retail sales slowed in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …like-for-like retail sales up 1.1% in June 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …heatwave drives food price inflation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: June retail sales up by 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail footfall down 0.9%

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