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European Retail Briefing - February 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on French Online Footwear Specialist Spartoo to acquire Footwear chain Andre
  • 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

    • French online footwear specialist Spartoo to acquire footwear chain André
      • What we’ve seen
        • Who is Spartoo ?
          • An omni-channel marriage
            • Figure 1: France: where they shop for footwear, in-store or online, February 2017
          • What it means
          • European Retail Sales

            • Key points
              • Retail sales
                  • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2016-17
                  • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2016-17
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2016-17
                  • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2016-17
              • Launch Activity and Innovation

                • France: Leroy Merlin to fit all stores with geolocation to help customers find products
                  • Finland: Kesko opens Hehku health and wellness stores
                    • Germany: Aldi Süd to build student flats on top of stores
                      • Italy: Woolrich shoppers invited to test outdoor clothes in ice room
                        • Spain: Zara introduces self-service kiosks
                          • Sweden: IKEA invites customers to use ad to check for pregnancy
                          • Headlines for the Month

                            • Food and drink
                              • Clothing and footwear
                                • Home and household goods
                                  • Online
                                    • Other retail
                                    • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                      • Belgium: Smiley Foods launches inside Carrefour
                                        • Denmark: Coop Danmark expands food to-go range
                                          • France: Carrefour announces 2022 transformation plan
                                            • France: Carrefour sales slows in 2017
                                              • France: Casino Group
                                                • …adds mobile payment feature to app
                                                  • …sales up 5% in 2017
                                                    • Germany: Aldi Süd
                                                      • …opens instore self-select bakery
                                                        • …promotes reusable coffee cups
                                                          • …to build student flats on top of stores
                                                            • Germany: Bringmeister to deliver groceries to customer’s fridges
                                                              • Germany: Lidl Germany CEO steps down
                                                                • Germany: METRO Group delivers sales increase in Q1
                                                                  • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize sales up 1.6% in Q4
                                                                    • Poland: Tesco to close 18 stores
                                                                      • Portugal: Continente launches voice-command shopping app
                                                                        • Russia: X5 Retail Group sales rise over 25% in 2017
                                                                          • Sweden: ICA December sales increase 4.3%
                                                                            • Switzerland: Aldi Suisse trials parcel delivery service
                                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                                • …Christmas sales increase revealed in leaked memo
                                                                                  • …introduces heart-shaped crumpets for Valentine’s Day
                                                                                    • UK: Booker Group
                                                                                      • …sales rise 5.9% in Q3
                                                                                        • …stakeholder attacks merger with Tesco
                                                                                          • UK: Conviviality revenue up nearly 10% in H1 2018
                                                                                            • UK: Co-op
                                                                                              • …cuts prices on 600 everyday products
                                                                                                • …signs advertising placement deal with Coronation Street
                                                                                                  • …to make own-brand tea bags plastic-free in sustainability fight
                                                                                                    • UK: Hotel Chocolat reports Christmas sales surge
                                                                                                      • UK: Iceland to abolish plastic packaging by 2023
                                                                                                        • UK: Lidl
                                                                                                          • …launches wine assistant chatbot
                                                                                                            • …narrowly beats out Aldi in Christmas sales jump
                                                                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                                • …the last of ‘Big Four’ to scrap single-use plastic bags
                                                                                                                  • …to cut 1,500 store management jobs
                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado launches in Canada through partnership with Sobeys
                                                                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                                        • …buys Nectar
                                                                                                                          • …says it ‘outperformed the market’ over Christmas
                                                                                                                            • …stops petrol station trial with EuroGarages
                                                                                                                              • …thousands of Sainsbury’s jobs at risk amid cost-cutting drive
                                                                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                                  • …sales up 2.3% over Christmas period
                                                                                                                                    • …could face costs up to £4 billion in equal pay claim
                                                                                                                                      • …cuts 1,700 shopfloor jobs
                                                                                                                                        • …delays Clubcard changes after public outcry
                                                                                                                                          • …to appoint Booker CEO Charles Wilson to head up merged business
                                                                                                                                            • …to give away surplus food to staff
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                • …and John Lewis experience promising Christmas and Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                  • …launches instore evening yoga classes
                                                                                                                                                    • …to ban black plastic packaging by 2019
                                                                                                                                                      • …to end ‘pick your own’ offers
                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Hugo Boss retail sales up 7%
                                                                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M lays out turnaround plan to combat falling profit
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ann Summers profits soar 180%
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Arcadia demands discount from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Asos sales grow 30% thanks to delivery innovations
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Blaiz moves from online to offline with first physical store
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bonmarché sales down as store performance declines
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: boohoo revenues up over 100% in UK and Europe
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Burberry UK retail sales fall in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: East enters administration for second time in three years
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Joules edges closer to £100 million in sales in H1
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Matalan Christmas revenue up 7.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Moss Bros issues profit warning as Christmas sales plummet
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown revenue up 3.2% in Q3 as US sales soar
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …bondholders appoint Rothschild to protect financial interests
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …managing directors leave the business
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reportedly considering CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales fall in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pep&Co to roll out 150 more stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Primark reports positive Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Quiz revenues jump by nearly a third over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: River Island opens first childrenswear shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Seasalt Christmas sales up 52%
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shoe Zone sales fall in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Superdry revenues grow nearly 14% in Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker festive sales soar 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Zara opens first click-and-collect store
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Multi-sector Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: B&M sales rise 22.7% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …appoints interim womenswear and lingerie directors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …partners with data science company amid turnaround strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to close 14 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …group sales fall in run up to Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to cut 1,500 store management jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches personal loans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …rolls out more concierge desks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to expand personal stylist service for men
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Debenhams to cut 320 store management jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fortnum and Mason sales rise thanks to British shoppers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …has credit insurance cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sales fall 2.9% over the festive period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Selfridges Christmas figures up 10%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpets and floorcoverings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Carpetright suffers as post-Christmas sales fail to deliver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: ScS sales rise in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • DIY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Les Mousquetaires acquisition of Bricorama approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&Q to cut 200 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bunnings UK merchandise boss leaves for Australia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Homebase to close up to 40 stores as Wesfarmers deliberates UK exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: AO World revenue grows 11.4% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dixons Carphone sales up 4% over Christmas as Alex Baldock becomes new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Game Christmas sales up 5.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Maplin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches ‘order now, pay later’ platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …looks for investment and rent reductions as Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad, dies at 91
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sofology acquisition boosts DFS sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Warren Evans falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homewares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Founder of The Range looks for £2 billion in listing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dunelm sales up 13.6% over Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Amazon Alexa to launch in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando revenue up 23% for 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BHS.com sales up 43%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches in Canada through partnership with Sobeys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales up but profit flatlines thanks to investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Very takes the crown as Shop Direct celebrates record-breaking Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: K Group removes microbeads from cosmetic products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Finland: Kesko opens Hehku health and wellness stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Bourjois launches store on JD.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Fragrance Shop festive sales up 5.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Superdrug Christmas sales boosted by online growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Card Factory revenues up 5.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Waterstones in takeover talks with Elliot Advisors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WH Smith sales fall thanks to poor high street performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Works experiences best Christmas yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Richemont makes €2.8 billion bid for Yoox Net-A-Porter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Kering offloads shares in Puma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: LVMH retail sales rise 13% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Italy: YNAP reaches €2.1 billion in revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Petfood and petcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home services boom helps sales grow 7.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bradley Wiggins teams up with Le Col to launch cycling apparel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords sales rise thanks to performance of bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports up profit forecast after positive Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Toys R Us seeks offer for UK business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Network Rail station Christmas sales grow 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: EU to propose plastic bag tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Footfall saw sharpest decline for four years in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: January retail sales edge up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: retail sales rise in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: shop prices continue to deflate

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