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European Retail Briefing - December 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment - Rationalising the beauty sector
  • 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 – Rationalising the beauty sector

      • Acquisitions in Southern Europe
        • The results are better than they look
          • Next stage
            • Seizing the opportunity
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                  • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2017-18
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2017-18
              • Launch Activity and Innovations

                • France: Casino launches production of aromatic herbs under a greenhouse in-store
                  • Netherlands: HEMA launches ‘Too Good To Go’ to tackle food waste
                    • Germany: MediaMarktSaturn latest retailer to introduce cashierless shopping
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Grocers
                        • Clothing retailing
                          • Mixed goods retailing
                            • Department stores
                              • Furniture retailing
                                • Home shopping
                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                  • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                    • Convenience stores
                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s trials edible insects at c-stores
                                        • Grocers
                                          • Belgium: Carrefour and Provera Belux form purchase alliance
                                            • France: Casino acquires stake in Lyf Pay
                                              • France: Lidl France expanding online offer in 2020
                                                • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize presents Leading Together growth strategy
                                                  • Poland: Stokrotka acquires Polish retail chain Sano
                                                    • Russia: O’Key opens new DA! Stores
                                                      • UK: Aldi opens eight new stores in a single day
                                                        • UK: Asda
                                                          • …introduces ‘inclusive hour’ trial
                                                            • …sales rise for 6th straight quarter
                                                              • UK: Morrisons and Tesco share concerns over Sainsbury’s-Asda merger
                                                                • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                  • …introduces food bank labelling scheme for customers
                                                                    • …introducing wellness hubs in selected stores
                                                                      • …opens new-look supermarket
                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                          • …and WWF to collaborate on long-running sustainable food effort
                                                                            • …partners up with Volkswagen to roll out electric charging bays
                                                                              • UK: Waitrose to roll out its supper club concept to a further 42 shops
                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine reports £200,000 loss in interim results
                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                      • UK: Holland and Barrett hires former Homebase and Argos boss as new chairman
                                                                                        • UK: Hotel Chocolat enters Japan
                                                                                        • News Analysis - Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                          • Denmark: Bestseller launches new sustainability strategy
                                                                                            • Europe: Weekday opening first stores in Iceland and Luxembourg
                                                                                              • France: Chanel bans use of exotic skins
                                                                                                • France: Vivarte enters negotiations for the sale of its subsidiary Chevignon
                                                                                                  • Italy: Fila to launch new fashion line
                                                                                                    • Italy: Uniqlo adding Italy to its retail portfolio
                                                                                                      • UK: AllSaints profits affected by increased store operating costs
                                                                                                        • UK: Anine Bing opening first UK store in London
                                                                                                          • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                                            • …introduces Klarna’s ‘Slice it in 3’ across all brands
                                                                                                              • …Beyoncé buys out Ivy Park to cut ties with Sir Philip Green
                                                                                                                • UK: Black Friday hits the UK
                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché sales affected by weaker footfall
                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry teaming up with Vivienne Westwood on first collaboration
                                                                                                                      • UK: Challenging trading at Primark in November
                                                                                                                        • UK: Gap launches limited edition collection with GQ
                                                                                                                          • UK: Givenchy opens first standalone UK store
                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M
                                                                                                                              • …introduces a concept café to its Westfield White city store
                                                                                                                                • …opening new concept store in Hammersmith
                                                                                                                                  • …ARKET opens at Birmingham’s Bullring
                                                                                                                                    • …scraps Cheap Monday brand
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Matalan opens a user experience lab at its head office
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mulberry creates travelling interactive retailer experience for the festive season
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Next signs concession deal with Mamas & Papas
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Paul Smith teams up with Manchester United for accessories collection
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Quiz clothing reports increase in first half group revenue
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Reserved launches new collection in partnership with British Vogue
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Stance opens first store outside the US
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                                                                      • …Q3 sales flat
                                                                                                                                                        • …boss takes leave of absence
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: TK Maxx opening first-ever Oxford Street store
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Joules sees strong revenue growth in first half results
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: US Polo Assn to launch in Outfit and House of Fraser for UK debut
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Urban Outfitters returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney withstand tough trading
                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Ramphastos completes acquisition of homewares retailer HEMA
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: B&M sales boosted 16%
                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare group revenue falls 13.1%
                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Merger between Karstadt and Kaufhof officially approved
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Beales acquires Palmers
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Fortnum & Mason
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …opens new City store at the Royal Exchange
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …reports 6th consecutive year of double-digit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …landmark Manchester store saved from closure
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Swindon store saved
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis launching click-and-collect service in Booths
                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&Q to sell stores for £125 million to fund transformation strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kingfisher to exit Russian, Spanish and Portuguese markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles profits dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Travis Perkins reviewing options for Wickes DIY chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Homebase enters concession deal with Tapi Carpets
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Emma Mattress reports record sales over Black Friday weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Steinhoff appoints new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …announces new carbon emissions target
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …defends 40% fall in profits as part of its business transformation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to cut 7,500 cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Habitat opens Brighton flagship store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ScS achieves growth in core business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Kering bringing its e-commerce in-house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Media Solutions renames itself to Zalando Marketing Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …signs up 17 new premium brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Italy: Amazon opens first pop-up store in Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: Food delivery start-up, Glovo, ramps up global expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: AO World
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …narrows losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …takeover of Mobile Phones Direct given green light
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boohoo found to have misled customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marie Claire branches out to ecommerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado considering expansion across Europe, Asia & Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sosandar profits rise over 400% in interim results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop launches three new pop-up shops called Sniff Bars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Crabtree & Evelyn opens first concept store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Pearle opens transparent test shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory posts resilient results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: WH Smith enters South American market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Finland: Amer Sports close to being taken over by China’s Anta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dobbies reports slump in profits and sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wyevale offloads a further five stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Intu buyout deal falls through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Half of Evans Cycles stores to be closed despite profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Pets at Home profits drop due to costs from vet restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis - Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: October retail sales up by 3.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales fell by 0.5% in November

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                European Retail Briefing - December 2018

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