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European Retail Briefing - July 2014

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

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at developments at German department store group, Karstadt.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of online fashion retailer, Zalando. This is taken from our recently published E-Commerce - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Karstadt – at tipping point?
      • What we’ve seen
        • A crowded middleground
          • Figure 1: The consumer: Department stores bought from in the past 12 months – Karstadt and Kaufhof, February 2014
        • Strategy so far
          • Strong competition in fashion
            • The end of Karstadt?
              • What we think
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                  • Retail sales
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
                    • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
                • Headlines for the Month

                  • Grocers
                    • Clothing retailing
                      • Department Stores
                        • DIY retailing
                          • Electrical retailing
                            • Home Shopping
                              • Miscellaneous Specialist Retailing
                              • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                • Bakers
                                  • UK: Greggs sales grow 3.1% in first half
                                    • Convenience Stores
                                      • UK: Nisa relaunches own-brand range
                                        • Grocers
                                          • Belgium: Delhaize
                                            • Czech Republic: Ahold receives preliminary approval to acquire SPAR's Czech business
                                              • Italy: Carrefour acquires Billa supermarkets in Italy
                                                • France: Carrefour to acquire Dia France
                                                  • Romania: Auchan to open 12 new Romanian stores
                                                    • Spain: Dia acquires El Arbol
                                                      • Spain: El Corte Inglés launches click-and-collect
                                                        • Spain: Lidl launch collaboration with Custo
                                                          • UK: Aldi to double UK store numbers
                                                            • UK: Asda announces ‘radical’ restructuring process
                                                              • UK: Iceland sales grow 2.7%
                                                                • UK: Lidl to open 20 new UK stores in the next nine months
                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                    • UK: Netto to return to the UK
                                                                      • UK: Ocado revenues rise 20.7% in the first half
                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                            • UK: Waitrose to launch first in-station store
                                                                              • UK: Tesco and Morrisons suffer market share loss
                                                                                • Other food specialists
                                                                                  • UK: Whole Foods sales rise but losses widen
                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                      • UK: Majestic Wine sales rise 1.4%
                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                          • Europe: Primark sales soar 22% in Q3
                                                                                            • Germany: Gerry Weber sales rise 2.2% in the first half
                                                                                              • Germany: s.Oliver sales jump 5.3%
                                                                                                • Netherlands: C&A to open new flagship in Amsterdam
                                                                                                  • Netherlands: CoolCat sales grow 1.5%
                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Hunkemöller sales grow 7.9%
                                                                                                      • Netherlands: FNG Group sales rise 60%
                                                                                                        • Spain: Inditex sales climb 4% Q1
                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                            • Sweden: SuperGroup acquires Smac Group
                                                                                                              • UK: Blue Inc opts out of IPO
                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché sales jump 11.9%
                                                                                                                  • UK: Burberry defends CEO bonus
                                                                                                                    • UK: Fat Face sales grow 12%
                                                                                                                      • UK: Jane Norman enters administration once again
                                                                                                                        • UK: Lakeland Leather enters administration
                                                                                                                          • UK: La Senza enters administration
                                                                                                                            • UK: Michael Kors to open Regent Street flagship
                                                                                                                              • UK: Mulberry like-for-like retail sales slide 3%
                                                                                                                                • UK: Phase Eight
                                                                                                                                  • UK: SuperGroup sales grow 19.6%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ted Baker sales rise 17.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shoe Zone sales tumble 16.1% in first half
                                                                                                                                          • Mixed Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: HEMA
                                                                                                                                              • UK: 99p Stores launch new Plus format
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&M Bargains valued at £2.7bn
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Home Retail reports an ‘encouraging start to the year’
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundland sales rocket 18% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundworld sales grow 18%
                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-Sector Retailing
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Marks and Spencer
                                                                                                                                                              • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Karstadt CEO leaves after six months
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser Q1 2014 like-for-like sales up 2%
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis brings Italian flavour to Oxford Street
                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Hornbach first-quarter consolidated sales up 16%
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase handing over another of its stores to The Range
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topps Tiles
                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Darty like-for-likes rise 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Saturn brand to be axed in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Brighthouse sales grow 12.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carphone Warehouse full-year total sales down
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Comet staff win multi-million pound settlement
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons full-year sales and profit up
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Maplin
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Music and Video Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Rough Trade to open first new UK store in seven years
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright sales fall 2.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS sales jump 5.9% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm sales jump 7.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Range to open its 89th store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Home Shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Belgium: Colruyt Group acquires 50% of ZEB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: enters liquidation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ASOS suffers warehouse fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: sales soar 63%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: M & M Direct sold for £140m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: MySale suffers technical hitch on AIM debut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown sales rise 2.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Net-A-Porter to unveil 'Net-A-Sporter'
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: QVC launches new channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct hires first fashion director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: Holland & Barrett plans further European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Superdrug sales drop 1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Fragrance Shop sales rise 11.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Works like-for-like sales grow 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WH Smith like-for-like sales fall 2% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and Leisure Goods Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Miscellaneous Specialist Retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Sunglass Hut enters Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spain: Spanish postal service debuts collection lockers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bathstore sold in a management buyout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Doddle, a new click and collect business, announced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Halfords sales accelerate 7.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hobbycraft's new small store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ladbrokes unveils new store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mamas & Papas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home like-for-like sales rise 2.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Footfall declines 0.2% in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail sales grow 3.9% in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail sales rise 2% in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop prices hit record low
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • E-Commerce – Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: Zalando: Group financial performance, 2010-13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering

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