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European Retail Briefing - July 2012

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.

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  1. Analyst Comment

    • Developments in European organic and wholefoods retailing
      • Carrefour versus Auchan
        • Organic supply and demand
          • Figure 1: New food product launches featuring an ‘organic’ claim, 2009/10 – 2011/12
        • Organic retailing elsewhere
          • Figure 2: Whole Foods Market, Piccadilly Circus (London), May 2012
        • What this means
        • Headlines for the Month

          • Grocers
            • Clothing retailing
              • Multi-Sector Retailing
                • Electrical Goods Retailing
                  • DIY Retailing
                    • Health & Beauty Retailing
                    • Retail Sales Review

                      • Key points
                        • France
                          • Figure 3: France: Retail sales, 2011-12
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 4: France: Inflation, 2011-12
                        • Germany
                          • Figure 5: Germany: Retail Sales trends, 2011-12
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 6: Germany: Inflation, 2011-12
                        • Italy
                          • Figure 7: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 8: Italy: Inflation, 2011-12
                        • Netherlands
                          • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 10: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2011-12
                        • Spain
                          • Figure 11: SPain: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 12: Spain: Inflation 2011-12
                        • UK
                          • Figure 13: UK: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 14: UK: Inflation, 2011-12
                      • News Analysis

                        • Grocers
                          • France: Carrefour’s fortunes to be revived in three years
                            • France: Casino and GroupeGaleries Lafayette look to agree on Monoprix deal
                              • Greece: Carrefour sells stake in joint venture to Marinopoulos
                                • Switzerland: Migros' Le Shop in new drive-in launch
                                  • UK: Aldi to improve and extend own-label offering
                                    • UK: Asda
                                      • …opens George pop-up shop
                                        • …opens its first George franchise
                                          • …signs deal to support rapid growth of Asda Direct
                                            • …to launch financial services
                                              • UK: Booker acquires Makro UK
                                                • UK: Iceland
                                                  • …reports 18.5% rise in profits
                                                    • …to present findings of customer feedback programme
                                                      • UK: Morrisons
                                                        • …explores opportunities to expand convenience stores
                                                          • …to lose group finance director
                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                              • …purchases HMV’s stake in e-book business
                                                                • …reports sales boost
                                                                  • UK: Spar to be new supplier to People's Supermarket
                                                                    • UK: Fortnum & Mason hires new retail director
                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                        • …and Dobbies submit plans for joint store
                                                                          • …buys WE7 digital music platform
                                                                            • …looks for UK commercial director
                                                                              • …reports decline in sales
                                                                                • …reshuffles clothing business again
                                                                                  • …to open 24 hours on Sundays during Olympics
                                                                                    • …to use Clubcard data for online strategy
                                                                                      • …works with Facebook on promotion
                                                                                        • UK: Supermarkets to launch mobile police stations
                                                                                          • UK: Tesco and Morrisons continue to lose out on market share
                                                                                            • UK: The Co-operative
                                                                                              • …completes roll-out of replenishment system
                                                                                                • …launches tie-up with Amazon lockers
                                                                                                  • UK: Whole Foods UK reports increasing losses
                                                                                                    • UK: Kiddicare receives new design concept
                                                                                                      • Off-licences
                                                                                                        • UK: Majestic Wine reports profit and sales boost
                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                            • Denmark: BTX Group to sell off young fashion brands
                                                                                                              • Europe: Otto to launch Material Girl clothing line in September
                                                                                                                • Europe: Uniqlo appoints European CEO
                                                                                                                  • France: Yves Saint Laurent becomes Saint Laurent Paris
                                                                                                                    • Greece: H&M identifies growth opportunities in Greece
                                                                                                                      • Italy: Prada reports strong sales and profits in first quarter
                                                                                                                        • Russian Federation: Lee Cooper to expand in Russia
                                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                            • …reports 12% increase in sales for first six months
                                                                                                                              • ...to collaborate with Maison Martin Margiela
                                                                                                                                • UK: Bhs poaches M&S menswear trading director
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boux Avenue plans overseas expansion
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Cecil Gee to leave the high street
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Coast opens doors on London flagship
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dalvey looks to expand store portfolio
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Gio Goi closes all high street stores
                                                                                                                                            • UK: H&M launches pop-up sportswear shops
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Inditex buys UK flagship store for Zara
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Issa London to launch e-commerce site
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jaeger poaches Aurora Fashions former president
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jigsaw takes over a third of Kew 159’s store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kookaï lose sales but reduce losses
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Matalan reports falling EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mulberry
                                                                                                                                                            • …expected to report 50% increase in profit
                                                                                                                                                              • …reports 54% rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                  • …extends refinancing
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Quantum Clothing Group acquired by Itochu
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Laura Ashley records 5.4% growth in like-for-likes
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Radley to open first pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Republic to boost footwear offer with dedicated areas
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Superdry to boost e-commerce site and launch mobile app
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker reports revenue boost
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Kooples backs out of UK property deals
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Tom Ford to open first UK standalone store
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …appoints former Burberry vice-president of PR as chief marketing officer
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to collaborate with JW Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Weird Fish seeks to boost presence
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dr Martens
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …hopes for £200 million bidder.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …may be acquired by Russian billionaire
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jimmy Choo reports pre-tax profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jones Group to expand in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Debenhams launches German website
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Allders fall into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports sales rise as margins are hit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to introduce next day delivery in 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch free in-store wifi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fenwick’s Bond Street store managing director passes away
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harvey Nichols to expand ecommerce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis looks to extend its click-and-collect service by partnering with corner shops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Hornbach reports weak first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: B&Q launches new services as part of Energy Saving initiative
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports like-for-like sales up 2.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch new flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wickes to invest £10 million in lower prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail Group post mixed quarterly results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next to open second superstore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mixed goods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Bostock to leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …confirms Bostock's departure and reports sales down in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports record results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …tests contactless payment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wellchester to close down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords looks to explore fast-delivery options
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Lonely Planet to open first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare UK retail head to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Thorntons needs to change strategy, says former chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Europe: Kesa reports fall in full year revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dixons reports rising profits and new strategic priorities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Maplin invests £40m into business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Phones 4u reports boost in sales, but fall in earnings
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and Video Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Digital video sales overtake Blu-ray
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright reports fall in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: United Carpets commences store closure review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BrightHouse EBITDA up 12.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: DFS reports market share growth but sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Oka reports rising profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Bol.com offers retailers chance to sell through its website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales up 31% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to lose Superdry clothing brand from site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boodles launches new e-commerce site for international distribution
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Celtic Sheepskin to launch international websites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: eBay appoints Sainsbury’s digital and cross channel director as vice president
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Findel enjoys increase in pre-tax profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: IndiaCoco launched as new online kidswear store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: N Brown sees womenswear sales hit by wet weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports 12% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to launch category-specific general merchandise sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct acquires banking boss as new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Hut reports 71% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Zalando hopes for strong growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Cath Kidston expands its UK store portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm reports like-for-like sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Clas Ohlson opens UK transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health and Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Austria: Schlecker to be axed in Austria after German demise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Ihr Platz and Schlecker XL acquisition unsuccessful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Rossmann drugstore reports 12.8% increase in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …and Walgreens global strategic partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to return to UK stock market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Chanel to open pop-up fragrance and beauty store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Holland & Barrett reports rising profit as Julian Graves goes under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Savers looks to be back in black after turnaround
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports expects Black losses to total £10 million for 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JJB Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales fall as Euro 2012 fails to increase spending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …signs exclusive deal with Tekkers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pentland Group boosted by international sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and Games Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Disney Store reports further losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ludendo close to snapping up Hamleys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Garden Centre Group to develop more concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Books and Stationery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Clinton Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to be revamped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to lose 122 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WHSmith reports decline in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BRC: June retail sales boosted by Jubilee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Co-op economy outperforms UK’s for fourth consecutive year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Consumer confidence flat in June despite Jubilee expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Government fuel duty freeze "helpful" for retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Olympics to boost economy by £5.33bn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: ONS: Retail sales values and volumes increase in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Rate of inflation fell in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shop price inflation falls to lowest rate in over two years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Three quarters of retailers begin summer Sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Welsh Retail Consortium launched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retailing in the Asia-Pacific Region: India

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Key facts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Indian retail scene
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • World’s largest democracy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economic reform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Census 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Regional limitations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy beginning to slow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Half-hearted liberalisation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Organising retail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • India in figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Population
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 15: India: Population, by gender, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 16: India: Estimated population, 2006-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 17: India: Population projections, by age group, 2006, 2011 and 2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 18: India: Projected population, by region, 2008-10; and provisional census population, by region, 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 19: India: Gross domestic product, 2004/05-2010/11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 20: India: Consumer price index, 2007-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 21: India: Consumer expenditure, 2000/01-2010/11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 22: India: Consumer expenditure, by category (inc sales tax), 2006/07-2009/10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Indian retail sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 23: India: Estimated retail sales, 2007-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 24: India: Leading identified retailers, 2010/11-2011/12

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