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European Retail Briefing - January 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment - EU takes a stand against plastic packaging
  • 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 – EU takes a stand against Plastic Packaging

      • What we’ve seen
        • Enforcing change from above
          • Figure 1: European consumers' attitudes towards plastic and packaging, September 2018
        • Retailers are already taking action
          • A challenge and an opportunity for retailers
            • Figure 2: Oil dispenser @ Eat17 Spar, Hammersmith, December 2018
          • What it means
          • European Retail Sales

            • Key points
                • Figure 3: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                • Figure 4: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
              • Inflation
                • Figure 5: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2017-18
                • Figure 6: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2017-18
            • Launch Activity and Innovations

              • France: Carrefour testing out its own cashierless store concept
                • Italy: Carrefour trialling new format stores
                  • Germany: MediaMarktSaturn latest retailer to introduce cashierless shopping
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Grocers
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Home shopping
                          • Health and beauty retailing
                            • Book and stationery retailing
                            • News Analysis – Food & Drink

                              • Co-ops
                                • UK: Co-op to open 100 new food stores this year
                                  • Grocers
                                    • France: Carrefour tests new store concept
                                      • France: E. Leclerc opening ‘pedestrian drive’ outlet in Paris
                                        • Germany: Aldi Nord reports loss for the first time in its home market
                                          • Germany: Eismann reportedly up for sale
                                            • Italy: Crai Secom and D.IT team up to create Gruppo Levante
                                              • Netherlands: Coop posts 18% boost in turnover in full year 2018
                                                • Spain: Dia
                                                  • …to sign €200 million funding deal
                                                    • …financially struggling
                                                      • UK: Aldi has its most profitable festive period yet
                                                        • UK: Iceland trials reverse vending machine
                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                            • …introduces £1 fruit and vegetable box scheme
                                                              • …posts fourth consecutive year of Christmas sales increase
                                                                • …to slash the price of more than 900 products
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                    • …and Asda apply for judicial review of CMA probe into merger
                                                                      • …like-for-like sales fall 1.1% in Q3
                                                                        • UK: Tesco reports strong Christmas sales
                                                                          • UK: The John Lewis Partnership to test farmbots
                                                                            • UK: Waitrose banning plastic glitter in Christmas products
                                                                              • Other food specialists
                                                                                • UK: Greggs increases its 2018 profit forecast
                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                    • UK: Majestic Wine reports 6.8% Christmas sales boost
                                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                      • UK: Blue Inc enters administration
                                                                                        • UK: Burberry
                                                                                          • …hires Rod Manley as chief marketing officer
                                                                                            • …teaming up with Vivienne Westwood on first collaboration
                                                                                              • UK: Challenging trading at Primark in November
                                                                                                • UK: FatFace sales improve following tough start to Christmas trading
                                                                                                  • UK: Missguided reports a pre-tax loss of £46 million
                                                                                                    • UK: Next posts strong sales for Christmas period after disappointing November
                                                                                                      • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                        • …co-founder Julian Dunkerton returns to retailer in effort to save it
                                                                                                          • …half-year profits down by 49%
                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker
                                                                                                              • …boss takes leave of absence
                                                                                                                • …retail sales up 12.2% during Christmas trading
                                                                                                                  • UK: Victoria Beckham luxury fashion business makes a loss of £10.2 million for the year
                                                                                                                    • UK: Whistles returns to profit
                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                        • UK: Footasylum cautions on profits
                                                                                                                          • UK: Shoe Zone enjoys a successful year
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                            • Europe: PEPCO reports a 10.6% increase in revenue for the full year
                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M posts 1.6% fall in like-for-like revenues in its third quarter
                                                                                                                                • UK: Home Bargains introduces ‘Quiet Hour’ for customers with autism
                                                                                                                                  • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                      • …opening first Spanish high street store
                                                                                                                                        • …sales down 2.2%
                                                                                                                                          • …unveils vegan friendly range
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare reports an 11.4% drop in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Debenhams like-for-like sales tumble 3.4% over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis Partnership sales up 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges experiences record-breaking Christmas sales performance
                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                      • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • France: Mr. Bricolage Group accelerating implementation of its REBOND plan
                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Hornbach posts profit slump despite sales growth
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Robert Dyas swings to loss
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topps Tiles sales fall 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dixons Carphone report £440 million pre-tax loss in half year results
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Vodafone opens experiential store on Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: United Carpets profit dive
                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M opening second H&M HOME concept store in London
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces opening date for new Greenwich store
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Bromley chosen as second location for IKEA city centre format store
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Laura Ashley to close 40 UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Victoria Plum to potentially merge with rival Bathstore
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm posts 5.7% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Belgium: Zalando reveals results of one-off pilot service in Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Zalando signs up 17 new premium brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ASOS revising full year financial expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boohoo issues trading update following ASOS news
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Gear4Music cautions for lower earnings this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado fourth quarter results reveal double-digit increase in revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Douglas posts sales increase of 17% in full year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …hires Tesco convenience boss as chief operating officer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …posts poor first-quarter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Fragrance Shop Christmas trading boosted by online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Furet du Nord acquires Decitre bookstores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct profits drop following House of Fraser acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dobbies records bumper Christmas as festive sales bloom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: HMV officially falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords warns on profits as Christmas sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hobbycraft reports strong Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: November retail sales up by 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: retail sales down 0.7% on a like-for-like basis in December
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: shop prices rise in December despite heavy discounting

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              European Retail Briefing - January 2019

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