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European Retail Briefing - July 2010

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

This month : the first indications that the love affair with hard discount is coming to an end.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Edging away from hard discount
      • Domestic difficulties
        • A new format
          • Problems elsewhere
            • The end of the road for Hard Discount?
            • Headlines for the Month

              • Food retailers
                • Clothing retailers
                  • Mixed goods
                    • Multi-sector
                      • DIY
                        • Electricals
                          • Furniture
                            • Health and beauty
                            • Retail Sales Review

                              • Key points
                                • France
                                  • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2009-10
                                • Germany
                                  • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2009-10
                                • Italy
                                  • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2009-10
                                • Netherlands
                                  • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2009-10
                                • Spain
                                  • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2009-10
                                • UK
                                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2009-10
                                • Inflation
                                  • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2009-10
                              • News Analysis

                                • Grocers
                                  • France: Carrefour set for $1bn Asian assets sale
                                    • Ireland: Musgrave sales down 3%
                                      • Netherlands: Sligro buys Sanvier for €50m
                                        • Russian Federation: Magnit reports Q2 sales boost
                                          • Russian Federation: X5 sales up 18% in Q2
                                            • UK: Asda grocery share declines
                                              • UK: Buffett increases Tesco stake
                                                • UK: Retailers must re-evaluate, Asda chairman says
                                                  • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                    • …reports sales increase
                                                      • …launches new ad campaign
                                                        • …aims for schoolwear boost
                                                          • …reshuffles executive roles
                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                              • …quarterly sales up 6.9%
                                                                • …plans property sell-off
                                                                  • …raises £950m through store sale
                                                                    • …to open standalone London clothing store
                                                                      • …to purchase Fresh & Easy suppliers
                                                                        • UK: Waitrose
                                                                          • …buys Channel Island supermarkets
                                                                            • …ends EAT talks
                                                                              • Clothing retailing
                                                                                • UK: Alexon sales down 5%
                                                                                  • UK: American Apparel restructures debt
                                                                                    • UK: Gap plans Chinese expansion
                                                                                      • UK: H&M records soaring profits in Q2
                                                                                        • UK: Jacques Vert posts ‘strong set of results’
                                                                                          • UK: Mamas & Papas enters US with Toys R Us link-up
                                                                                            • UK: Matalan posts rise in profits
                                                                                              • UK: Primark sales rise 17%
                                                                                                • UK: Republic acquired by private equity group
                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker posts 20% sales increase
                                                                                                    • UK: USC back in the black
                                                                                                      • UK: Victoria’s Secret to open London store
                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                          • UK: Schuh posts record results
                                                                                                            • UK: Tom Hunter puts Office up for sale
                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Maxeda to sell fashion division
                                                                                                                  • UK: Wilkinson doubles profits
                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                      • Germany: Metro to take time over Kaufhof sale
                                                                                                                        • UK: M&S LFLs increase 6%
                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                            • UK: Beales reports improved profits
                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams LFLs drop 0.4%
                                                                                                                                • UK: Harrods to open own-label boutiques
                                                                                                                                  • UK: John Lewis reports sales increase
                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Hornbach posts solid results
                                                                                                                                        • UK: B&Q to open city centre stores
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Travis Perkins buys BSS Group for £557.6m
                                                                                                                                            • Music and DVD retailing
                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                • …mulls Waterstones sale
                                                                                                                                                  • …posts 17% rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Media Saturn outlines Turkish expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Best Buy UK chief stands down
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Comet plans UK store refurbishment
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DSGi increases profits by 61%
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Investor buys stake in Kesa
                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright reports soaring profits
                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Conforama posts solid Q1 results
                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon launches UK grocery offer
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ideal Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                              • …enjoys sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                • …to enter pet accessory market
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Isis invests in Getting Personal
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: My-Wardrobe receives £6m investment
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: N Brown Group
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …buys Figleaves
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports 'subdued' trading
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …confirms IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …anticipates £1.18bn IPO valuation
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …hits out at funding claims
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Hut Group launches
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Celesio and Phoenix merge Dutch operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Superdrug losses narrow
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop posts LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Clinton Cards issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JJB reports sales improvement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Tiso back in the black
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Trespass plans major expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Theo Fennell reduces losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hamleys posts first profit for six years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Video games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Game Group suffers sales drop, appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pets at Home profits soar 36%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Luxury goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mulberry sales up 23%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electricals Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Euronics International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 13: Euronics: estimated sales as share of electrical retailers sales in europe, 2005-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Recent history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Figure 14: Euronics: European members and websites, by country of operation, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Financial data
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 15: Euronics International: Sales by country, 2001-09
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 16: Euronics International: Sales by country, 2005-06 and 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 17: Euronics International: Outlet data, 2004-08
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 18: Euronics international, sales mix by purchase volume, 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • e-commerce

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