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European Retail Briefing - January 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on DIY retailing in France and the prospect of further rationalisation
  • 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 – DIY in France Heading for Further Rationalisation

      • DIY heading in the wrong direction
        • The question has to be why?
          • Bricomarché and Bricorama
            • M Bricolage next?
            • European Retail Sales

              • Key points
                • Retail sales
                    • Figure 1: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2016-17
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2016-17
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2016-17
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2016-17
                • Launch Activity and Innovation

                  • Germany: Kaufland ends online food delivery pilot
                    • Sweden: Coop Sweden launches voice-controlled shopping list
                      • Germany: NFC-enabled packaging offers beauty tips
                        • Netherlands: Albert Heijn trials checkout free store
                          • Netherlands: Coop Netherlands trials electric vehicles for delivery
                            • US: Walmart enters Buzzfeed’s recipe app
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Grocers
                                • Clothing retailing
                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                    • Electrical retailing
                                      • Home shopping
                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                          • Co-ops
                                            • UK: Co-op
                                              • …and Silentnight launch online bed shop
                                                • …to open 100 new food stores
                                                  • …gives a strong showing for Christmas
                                                    • …launches partnership with local Derbyshire breweries
                                                      • Convenience stores
                                                        • UK: Conviviality buys over 100 Palmer & Harvey stores
                                                          • UK: Nisa sales rose 17.7% in December
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • Belgium: Colruyt Group revenues grow nearly 4%
                                                                • Germany: Aldi
                                                                  • …commits to sustainable flora
                                                                    • …Aldi Süd may expand into convenience stores
                                                                      • Germany: Kaufland ends online food delivery pilot
                                                                        • Germany: Real sales fall 3.1%
                                                                          • Netherlands: Albert Heijn
                                                                            • …cuts convenience stores in Germany
                                                                              • …launches new delivery app
                                                                                • Netherlands: Jumbo
                                                                                  • …reports a growth of 5% in 2017
                                                                                    • …to donate Christmas dinners
                                                                                      • Portugal: Sonae in negotiations to buy Spinneys
                                                                                        • Switzerland: Coop Switzerland increases turnover by 3% in 2017
                                                                                          • UK: Aldi
                                                                                            • …Christmas figures up 15% compared to 2016
                                                                                              • …predicts Specially Selected range will reach £1bn in 2018
                                                                                                • …releases prosecco-infused chicken
                                                                                                  • UK: Asda launches ‘Parcel Tower’
                                                                                                    • UK: Lidl narrowly beats out Aldi in Christmas sales jump
                                                                                                      • UK: Morrisons Christmas sales increased by 2.8%
                                                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                          • …gin sales rise
                                                                                                            • …launches pop-up fizzy wine stall
                                                                                                              • …says it ‘outperformed the market’ over Christmas
                                                                                                                • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                  • …backing healthy eating campaign
                                                                                                                    • …unveils line of vegan meals called ‘Wicked Kitchen’
                                                                                                                      • …Tesco-Booker deal fully approved
                                                                                                                        • UK: Waitrose bans sale of energy drinks to children
                                                                                                                          • Off-licences
                                                                                                                            • UK: Majestic Wine sales up 1.2% over Christmas
                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                              • Spain: Inditex sales grow nearly 10%
                                                                                                                                • Spain: Zara introduces self-service kiosks
                                                                                                                                  • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                    • …reportedly planning discount branded website
                                                                                                                                      • …sales increased 3% in 2017
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fatface Christmas sales up 12%
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jigsaw reports 7% sales uplift
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Joules sales increase by 18.2%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Missguided reports operating loss of £1.4 million
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Moss Bros issues profit warning as Christmas sales plummet
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next Christmas sales rise 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Quiz revenues jump by nearly a third over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sophie Hulme offers instore handbag personalisation
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                                                                          • …attracts former Burberry and Debenhams executives
                                                                                                                                                            • …revenues grow nearly 14% in Christmas
                                                                                                                                                              • …Superdry Sport becomes official clothing supplier for Invictus Games
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Ted Baker festive sales soar 9%
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The White Company reports difficult trading
                                                                                                                                                                    • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shoe Zone sales fall in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                        • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Westfield shopping centres bought for £18.5 billion
                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: HEMA retail sales up 7.1%
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mothercare sales down in Christmas period
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Hudson Bay Company rejects speculation it plans to pull out of the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams festive sales down 0.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Harvey Nichols reports losses of £6.7 million
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …launches localised pop-up concession plan
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …seeks rent reduction for its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …extends Click & Collect pick up for Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Christmas sales up 8.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bunnings opens small format store in Bicester
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles reports strong growth in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Ceconomy sales rise 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Currys launches same-day delivery service
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons Carphone profits decline 60%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Maplin boss quits to head up Gaucho Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Housewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dunelm appoints Nick Wilkinson as new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright profit falls in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: United Carpets profits fall 8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Feather & Black rescued from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health & beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Miller Harris unveils new concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Belgium: Colruyt buys Newpharma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Zalando launches partnership expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Gear4Music sales up 42% before Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ocado revenue rises 11.6% in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ryman and Robert Dyas sales jump as Boux Avenue falls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Under Armour opens European flagship store in Amsterdam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mountain Warehouse sales soar 38.2% for Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct reported profit before tax falls 67%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Games Workshop sales rocket more than 50% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Toys R Us faces collapse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Black Friday fails to make an impact on November footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: December non-food sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: inflation hits near-six year high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: retail sales perform well for November
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: shop prices fell 0.6% in December

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      European Retail Briefing - January 2018

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