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European Retail Briefing - February 2010

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

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Table of contents

  1. The Eastern European Deception

      • Impact of the recession
        • The recession's impact
          • Figure 1: GDP and retail sales performance and outlook for selected markets in the region, 2007 and 2009
        • Ongoing opportunities
        • Headlines of the Month

            • Food retailers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Multi-sector retailing
                  • Homewares
                    • Home shopping
                      • Health and beauty
                        • Luxury goods
                        • Retail Sales Review

                          • Key points
                            • France
                              • Figure 2: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 3: France: Inflation, 2009
                            • Germany
                              • Figure 4: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2009
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 5: Germany: Inflation, 2009-10
                            • Italy
                              • Figure 6: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 7: Italy: Inflation, 2009
                            • Netherlands
                              • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2009
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2009-10
                            • Spain
                              • Figure 10: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2009
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 11: Spain: Inflation, 2009-10
                            • UK
                              • Figure 12: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                            • Inflation
                              • Figure 13: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-10
                          • News Analysis

                              • Bakers (retail)
                                • UK: Thorntons sales down 4.4%
                                  • Co-ops (retail)
                                    • UK: Co-operative sales soar 66% over Christmas
                                      • Grocers
                                        • Belgium: Delhaize has weak Q4
                                          • France: Carrefour
                                            • … sales rise 1%
                                              • … to sell hypermarkets in Russia
                                                • France: Casino reports robust Q4 results
                                                  • Netherlands: Ahold sales beat estimates
                                                    • Netherlands: Sligro FY profit up 4.2%
                                                      • Netherlands: Super de Boer Q4 sales up 3.9%
                                                        • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins
                                                          • … opens 1,500th Biedronka Store
                                                            • … reports FY sales rise
                                                              • Russian Federation: Magnit sales jump 25% in January
                                                                • Russian Federation: Seventh Continent sales up 12%
                                                                  • Russian Federation: X5 sales up 33% in 2009
                                                                    • Sweden: Axfood posts solid FY results
                                                                      • Switzerland: Denner records €3.03bn FY sales
                                                                        • Switzerland: Coop Schweiz plots C-Stores in Denmark
                                                                          • UK: Morrisons names Philips as new chief
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons sees LFLs rise 6.5% over Christmas
                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                • ...enjoys strong Christmas results
                                                                                  • … launches Buy One, Get One Free Later deals
                                                                                    • … opens first carbon neutral store
                                                                                      • Ukraine: ATB Market sales up in 2009
                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                            • … posts strong FY results
                                                                                              • … to launch homewares in the UK
                                                                                                • UK: Adams falls back into administration
                                                                                                  • UK: Alexon LFLs plunge 14.3%
                                                                                                    • UK: Baird Group ponders CVA
                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry LFLs up 10%
                                                                                                        • UK: Ethel Austin
                                                                                                          • … falls into administration
                                                                                                            • … closes 129 stores
                                                                                                              • UK: M&Co. reports 11% uplift in Christmas LFLs
                                                                                                                • UK: Matalan
                                                                                                                  • … hails "impressive" Christmas sales
                                                                                                                    • … sale pulled
                                                                                                                      • UK: Peacocks reports robust Christmas sales
                                                                                                                        • UK: Primark sales rise 19%
                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                            • UK: Office's hopes up after 19% hike in Christmas LFLs
                                                                                                                              • UK: Shoe Zone Christmas LFLs soar 27%
                                                                                                                                • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                    • …enjoys strong festive period
                                                                                                                                      • … and Mothercare team up for kids' range
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare posts strong Christmas results
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland festive sales rise by one third
                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                              • Finland: Kesko reports Q4 profit jump
                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Douglas posts solid Q1 growth
                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Metro
                                                                                                                                                    • … plots online push into electricals
                                                                                                                                                      • … sales disappoint
                                                                                                                                                        • Italy: Gruppo Coin expects €2bn revenue
                                                                                                                                                          • Slovenia: Mercator receives approval for Getro acquisition
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                              • … acquires Mama Group
                                                                                                                                                                • … sales hit dented by Waterstone's
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The White Company posts strong Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bhs hands ten stores to Primark
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                          • … chief linked to DFS bid
                                                                                                                                                                            • … LFLs up 0.1%
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: House of Fraser enjoys record Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                  • … becomes official Olympics sponsor
                                                                                                                                                                                    • … opens second homewares shop in Croydon
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Liberty of London creative director leaves
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: TJ Hughes unveils 4% Christmas sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Focus DIY asks landlords for rent holiday
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group LFLs up marginally
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Homebase introduces re-usable packaging
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles posts 5.5% sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Best Buy Europe LFLs up 6.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Russian Federation: M. Video posts FY sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: DSGi sales trump expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Carpetright sales up 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sweden: Ikea profits plummet 58%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: DFS circled by Lovering and Permira
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Habitat owner plans debt write-off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Home Bargains in £25m expansion drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm posts strong H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Otto says festive sales held up well
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Asos Christmas sales up 30%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Findel LFLs down 3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Flying Brands sees sales slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct reveals solid FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown sales rise 5% over festive period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado appoints advisers ahead of flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shop Direct axes 1,500 staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • US: Amazon profits up 71%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith LFLs down 2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Blacks Leisure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • … looks to raise £20.3m for recovery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … UK: Blacks Leisure sees strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JJB confirms Jones departure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct retails sales rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Belgium: Omega Pharma sales up 4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Aurum sees glittering sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Theo Fennell enjoys festive sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Garden Centre Group has "terrific" Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Game suffers disappointing Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: LVMH sales go flat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … mulls bid for HobbyCraft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … sees LFLs increase 1.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hobbycraft posts sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … LFLs up 6.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • … sold to KKR for £955m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ireland: Irish retail sales slump continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Latvia: Latvian retail sales down 29%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Russian Federation: Victoria ponders IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BRC: 15-year low in January sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: BRC: Christmas retail sales beat expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: CBI: Retail sales down in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: London retail sales up 12% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ONS: Retail sales up 0.3% in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Scottish retail sales lack behind in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and Beauty Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Retail sales forecasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Outlook for beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Market size and performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Channels of distribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The European competitive landscape
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 14: Leading European drugstore/beauty specialists – sales trends, 2006-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sephora

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 15: Sephora: Estimated sales as share of european health and beauty retailers’ sales, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • History
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 16: Sephora: Financial performance, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • First half 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Figure 17: Sephora: Estimated outlet data, 2004-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Market positioning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Brands and product offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pricing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Loyalty programmes

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