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European Retail Briefing - August 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Market Regulations
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Market Regulations

    • Market regulations
      • Regulations in France
        • So what’s special about Sunday?
          • But what to customers think?
            • Getting round the bans
              • Objections from retailers
                • Regulations in general
                • European Retail Sales

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

                    • Finland: S Group’s new counter calculates the consumer's carbon footprint
                      • France: Carrefour Bio opens first store in Brussels
                        • Spain: Carrefour and Glovo to form delivery partnership
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Furniture retailing
                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                      • Co-ops
                                        • UK: Co-op extends 'pay-in-aisle' to 30 stores
                                          • Convenience stores
                                            • UK: McColl’s reports a pre-tax loss
                                              • UK: Simply Fresh launches pop-up food market in Solihull
                                                • UK: Tesco to focus on Metro as it simplifies store operations
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • Finland: Half year results for Kesko sees 0.8% sales growth
                                                      • France: Carrefour
                                                        • …selling stake in logistics real estate business
                                                          • …Carrefour and Spanish Glovo to form delivery partnership
                                                            • …Carrefour half-year results
                                                              • France: Casino Group
                                                                • …targets a maximum debt level of €1.5 billion
                                                                  • …resells its activities in the Indian Ocean
                                                                    • Germany: Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd to align sourcing of their private brands
                                                                      • Italy: Conad sales grow 3.5%
                                                                        • Ireland: JC Savage supermarket to be salvaged by Dunnes Stores takeover
                                                                          • Netherlands: H1 results from Netherland-based Sligro
                                                                            • Netherlands: Jumbo reports positive half year results
                                                                              • Netherlands: Positive results for Netherland-based Jan Linders in FY2018
                                                                                • Poland: Poland's Grupa Muszkieterów sees turnover up 5% in first half
                                                                                  • Spain: Carrefour Spain replaces plastic bags with cotton meshes
                                                                                    • Spain: Auchan Spain announces an increase in turnover of 1.4%
                                                                                      • Spain: Euromadi forecasts growth of 11% in 2019
                                                                                        • Sweden: Swedish Axfood reports strong Q2 growth
                                                                                          • UK: Asda uses 90,000 plastic bottles for car park resurfacing
                                                                                            • UK: Iceland:
                                                                                              • …generates £500,000 of in-store sales from mobile discount vouchers
                                                                                                • …trialling new plastic bag free concept
                                                                                                  • UK: Lidl combats plastic waste with its new reusable bags for fruit and veg
                                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                                      • …incentivising reusable containers for food-to-go
                                                                                                        • …unveils a new-look food hall
                                                                                                          • …WHSmith ready to open its M&S Food concession in Darlington
                                                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury
                                                                                                              • …and Deliveroo partner up for delivery trial
                                                                                                                • …scraps plastic bags for fruit and veg in reusable bag trial
                                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                    • …and YO! Sushi extend partnership
                                                                                                                      • …to quit using plastic bags for grocery deliveries
                                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                          • …closes 7 stores culling 700 jobs
                                                                                                                            • …to extend ‘While You’re Away’ delivery trial
                                                                                                                              • …waves away plastic with new multi-coloured recycled trays
                                                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine to be acquired by US investment firm Fortress
                                                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Greggs interims post a 14.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Holland & Barrett launches on-to-go lunch range
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hotel Chocolat see palatable full year sales up by 14%
                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Clothing and footwear

                                                                                                                                            • France: Sonia Rykiel goes into court ordered liquidation
                                                                                                                                              • Spain: Zeeman to operate 250 stores in Spain
                                                                                                                                                • Sweden: Major shareholder Melby Gard makes bid for Sweden’s Kappahl
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Arcadia rescue faces US legal challenge
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jobs axed as Boohoo acquires Karen Millen and Coast
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                                        • …creates a collection from sustainable nylon
                                                                                                                                                          • …like-for-like sales rise by 4%
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                                                                                              • Sports Direct buys Jack Wills out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                • …Sports Direct seeks rent cuts for Jack Wills stores
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Joules report soaring full-year profits
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Julian Dunkerton ‘steadies ship’ after Superdry see plunging loss in profit
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The last of Bonmarché’s shareholders sells to Philip Day
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next posts 4.3% increase in full price sales for H1
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: White Stuff profits slump from digital spend and discounting
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: £7 million raised for Sosander through sale of new shares
                                                                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Russell & Bromley to join the line-up at Covent Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Vans to occupy former Miss Selfridge flagship site
                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bluegem capital offloads Liberty in a £300 million deal
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to launch new in-house brands
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …asks lenders for additional £50 million
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis to launch new in-house menswear brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: LVMH to take a 10% share of Stella McCartney's fashion business
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Richemont sees revenue increase by 12%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: B&M posts ‘record breaking’ sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Flying Tiger halts UK store openings after profits plunge
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland outperforms the high street with reported revenue growth of 1.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: 789 jobs to be cut due to store closures from Castorama and Brico Dépôt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Homebase saves Bathstore from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Travis Perkins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …accelerates Wickes disposal plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …set to demerge Wickes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone launches AR experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Miliboo publishes higher full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Vente-unique posts 10% growth in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: After a strong trading performance DFS profits are on track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sales soar for Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Amazon set to open second Clicks & Mortar store in Cardiff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ASOS issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Emma Mattress revenues grow to £18m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Eve Sleep posts 0.9% dip in half year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Findel makes ‘solid start to the year’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Opumo receives investment from Scandi fund
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: and Just Eat agree on merger terms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Interparfums sales rise by 15.2% thanks to Coach and Montblanc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: L’Oreal disappoints with Q2 growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Italy: Sisley up 7.5% sell-in sales for first half of 2019
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boots trials reverse vending machines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bodycare FY2018: modest growth and profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Molton Brown’s debut in fragrances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Savers sees solid growth of 10.2% for FY2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hammerson hit by CVA’s and administrations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Intu seeks head office job cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Westfield’s UK income hit by retail CVAs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …delays full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …announces release date of delayed full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts a £54.6m loss in full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Greece: Damning deficits found in Folli Follies accounts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Watches of Switzerland recorded surging profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Miscellaneous Specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: French children’s product retailer Orchestra posts stable first quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Specsavers Netherlands sees a record turnover of €150m for FY2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Hobbycraft's full-year profits surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare seeks to offload UK arm following full-year losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pets at Home makes strong start to year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BRC reports ‘weakest July on record’ for UK retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: June retail sales up by 4.0%

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            European Retail Briefing - August 2019

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