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The European retail briefing provides commentary, data and news analysis from across Europe ensuring that you keep in contact with the latest retail news.

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at the level of online shopping across the five major European markets in various sectors.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of store-to-mail order beauty retailer Yves Rocher. This is taken from our recently published Beauty Retailing - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment: Reviewing E-commerce Participation in 2013

      • Figure 1: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of any goods or services in the last three months, 2008-13
      • Figure 2: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of food/groceries in the last 12 months, 2008-13
      • Figure 3: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of clothing/sports goods in the last 12 months, 2008-13
      • Figure 4: Proportion of all individuals who have made an online purchase of electronic equipment in the last 12 months, 2008-13
  2. European Retail Sales

    • Key points
      • Retail sales
        • Figure 5: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
        • Figure 6: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
      • Inflation
        • Figure 7: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013
        • Figure 8: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013
    • Beauty Retailing – Europe

        • Yves Rocher Groupe
          • What we think
            • Bolstering store presence in its biggest market
              • Sluggish online sales
                • Authentic natural beauty products
                  • Travel retail expansion
                    • ‘Most popular beauty site’
                      • Company background
                        • Company performance
                          • Figure 9: Yves Rocher Groupe: Group financial performance, 2009-13
                          • Figure 10: Yves Rocher Groupe: Estimated number of stores in selected countries, 2011-13
                          • Figure 11: Yves Rocher Groupe: Sales by distribution channel, percentage, 2012
                        • Retail offering
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Convenience stores
                            • Grocers
                              • Clothing retailing
                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                  • Department stores
                                    • DIY retailing
                                      • Electrical retailing
                                        • Home shopping
                                          • Shopping centres
                                            • Economy
                                            • News Analysis – Food and drink

                                              • Bakers
                                                • UK: Greggs cuts staff after sales growth
                                                  • Co-ops
                                                    • UK: Co-operative Food reports strong Christmas performance
                                                      • Convenience stores
                                                        • Spain: Alcampo to supply Spanish BP stores
                                                          • UK: Nisa Retail reports strong Christmas sales
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • France: Carrefour acquires Rast supermarkets
                                                                • Italy: Conad annual sales increase
                                                                  • UK: Asda trials new format
                                                                    • UK: Booths
                                                                      • …introduces brand price-matching scheme
                                                                        • …reports best ever festive trading
                                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                                            • …employee arrested for insider trading
                                                                              • …like-for-likes fall
                                                                                • … launches online shopping
                                                                                  • UK: Over half the country shops at Aldi and Lidl
                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                      • …blames tough sales environment for flat like-for-likes
                                                                                        • …Freefrom food range sees boost in pre-Christmas sales
                                                                                          • …to stop selling DVDs
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …launches healthy living brand
                                                                                                • …acquires Lazada
                                                                                                  • …glitch locks NatWest and RBS credit cards
                                                                                                    • …reports a fall in like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                                      • …to launch current account
                                                                                                        • …to test Indian market
                                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                            • …predicts South American food boom
                                                                                                              • …records strong Christmas trading figures
                                                                                                                • …sales up as customers search for interesting Christmas food
                                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine reveals strong Christmas figures
                                                                                                                      • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                        • UK: Holland & Barrett increase store openings
                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                            • Europe: Inditex posts sales rise
                                                                                                                              • France: Primark opens first French store
                                                                                                                                • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill appoints new managing director of Peacocks
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Fat Face
                                                                                                                                    • …eyes potential flotation
                                                                                                                                      • …positive after Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jigsaw reports strong Christmas trading figures
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Joules opens store at Gatwick airport
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Karen Millen profits decline
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Moss Bros witnesses “encouraging” sales
                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look receives Christmas boost to like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next raises forecasts on the back of bumper Christmas
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Paul Smith sees profits fall
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retailers increase discounts in last-minute push before Christmas
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: SuperGroup records strong progress
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ted Baker reports solid Christmas figures
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: TK Maxx accused of misleading customers
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: TM Lewin starts international push
                                                                                                                                                                • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Barratts
                                                                                                                                                                    • …receives £5m rescue offer from Pavers
                                                                                                                                                                      • …remaining Barratts stores closed
                                                                                                                                                                        • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundstretcher falls to £3.7m loss
                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Forecast rises at Metro Group
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos digital stores hit by technical glitches
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …outlook gloomy
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …extends discounts on clothing after poor Christmas sales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports disappointing third quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to make toy packaging gender neutral
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …member of staff refuses alcohol sale
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …chief financial officer resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …demand discounts from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts disappointing interim management statement
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Galeries Lafayette in talks to buy House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …records best ever Christmas results
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to appoint advisers for IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports record sales figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sees Christmas sales hit £734 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …posts pre-Christmas figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …sees strong Christmas and New Year sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …trials mobile point-of-sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Stacey Cartwright moves to Harvey Nichols
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: Hornbach Group publish figures for first nine months of 2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles sees first quarter sales jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Darty reports results for H1 2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Dixons completes disposal of Pixmania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Retail profits surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Maplin opens airport store following strong Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: CSL rebrands as Sofaworks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: HMV to close Islington flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright profits and sales fall in first-half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm TV campaign boosts Q2 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Amazon’s German workers to strike
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Betta Living unveils virtual store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown to open 20 new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shop Direct hires Sarah Curran
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lush beats high-street Christmas slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop launches TV marketing campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Foyles like-for-likes edge up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Golden goodbye for Kate Swann
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Works reports record breaking Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ryman Group reports strong Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Adidas to cut independent accounts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports records improvement in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct first-half profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous SPECIALIST retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mamas & Papas sees full year profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Carrefour to buy Klepierre malls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bluewater debuts midnight shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …footfall monitor shows decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales monitor shows "respectable" Christmas trading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: Positive November retail sales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    About the report

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Market

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please Note: This is a sample report. All of the figures, graphs, and tables have been redacted.

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