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European Retail Briefing - July 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Retailers that see potential in the pet market in France
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales 
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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  1. Analyst Comment – Retailers See Potential in the Pet Market in France

      • What we've seen
        • A market with potential
          • Figure 1: France: pet food retail market size, 2009-21(f)
          • Figure 2: Selected European countries: types of pet owned, 2017
        • Humanising our pets
          • Figure 3: France: attitudes towards pets, 2017
          • Figure 4: France: pet food interested in buying, 2017
        • The key retailers
          • Online retailers – Growth at any price
            • Pet stores – The race for critical mass
              • Garden centres – Reducing dependency on core competencies and seasonality
                • What it means
                • European Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                      • Figure 5: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                      • Figure 6: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 7: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2017-18
                      • Figure 8: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2017-18
                  • Launch Activity and Innovations

                    • France: Casino and L’Oréal to develop new beauty concept store
                      • France: Carrefour to be available on Google Assistant
                        • Italy: Nova Coop adds in-store nutritional advice service
                          • France: H&M opens its largest French store
                            • Germany: Dr Martens to open first German store
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Convenience stores
                                • Grocers
                                  • Clothing retailing
                                    • Footwear retailing
                                      • Mixed Goods retailing
                                        • DIY retailing
                                          • Electrical retailing
                                            • Furniture retailing
                                              • Home Shopping
                                              • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                • Co-ops
                                                  • UK: The Co-op
                                                    • …£15m bid for Costcutter rejected
                                                      • …buys four Little Waitrose stores
                                                        • Convenience stores
                                                          • Malta: Spar opens first store in Malta
                                                            • Grocers
                                                              • France: Auchan, Casino, Schiever and Metro form new purchase alliance
                                                                • France: French food brand to launch boutique hotels
                                                                  • Italy: Conad sales reach €13 billion in 2017
                                                                    • Italy: Gruppo VéGé reports continued sales growth
                                                                      • Netherlands: Jumbo opts for laser labelling
                                                                        • Sweden: Coop to use electric trucks for food deliveries
                                                                          • UK: Asda launches online nutritional search tool
                                                                            • UK: Iceland
                                                                              • …launches tech start-up collaborator program
                                                                                • …trialling initiative to scrap plastic bags
                                                                                  • …sales up in 2017
                                                                                    • UK: Lidl to create 300 new jobs in Scotland
                                                                                      • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                        • …extends partnership with Patisserie Valerie to more bakery counters
                                                                                          • …retail sales rise 0.8%
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …testing new checkout-free Scan Pay Go app
                                                                                                • …and Carrefour create global strategic alliance
                                                                                                  • …UK chief executive steps down due to illness
                                                                                                    • …drop brand guarantee
                                                                                                      • …group like-for-likes up in Q1
                                                                                                        • Off-licences
                                                                                                          • UK: Majestic Wine full year sales grow thanks to Naked Wines
                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                            • Denmark: Uniqlo to open its first store in Denmark
                                                                                                              • Europe: H&M profits fall in first half the year
                                                                                                                • France: Chanel releases financial result for first time ever
                                                                                                                  • Germany: Takko Fashion revenue up 3.3% in Q1
                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Men At Work declared bankrupt
                                                                                                                      • Spain: Inditex sales up 2% in Q1
                                                                                                                        • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                          • …local currency sales remain flat for second quarter in a row
                                                                                                                            • …to debut first ever lingerie collaboration
                                                                                                                              • UK: Anthropologie appoints Peter Ruis
                                                                                                                                • UK: AX | Armani Exchange opens standalone store in Liverpool ONE
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché
                                                                                                                                    • …profits increase alongside sales dip
                                                                                                                                      • …cuts 140 jobs
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Calvetron Brands
                                                                                                                                          • …to close 102 Jacques Vert and Precis concessions
                                                                                                                                            • …to close all remaining concessions
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill withdraws Wyevale takeover bid
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Henri Lloyd survives administration but sells five stores
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Matalan reveals strong first quarter revenue growth
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Matchesfashion launches homeware range
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Mothercare to ramp up store closures
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mulberry profits up 36% as it announces South Korea expansion
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: New Look reports underlying operating loss of £74.3 million
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next to introduce wedding dress concession
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Primark reveals 7% uplift in sales during Q3
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Superdry delivers double-digit growth in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ted Baker revenues up 4.2%
                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Dr Martens to open first German store
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Clarks boss resigns
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Footasylum revenues jumps by a third in full year results
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Karen Millen signs footwear deal with Pentland Brands
                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Mixed Goods Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                            • Netherlands: HEMA sees turnover growth for Q1
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                                                                                • …founder reportedly considering a return to the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …first-half like-for-like sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to trade Pep&Co in 300 locations
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Original Factory Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …CVA gets the go-ahead
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …set to close 32 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to cut 98 head office staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to start ‘closing down’ sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Multi-sector Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Argos launches augmented reality for TV buying
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …decides not to publish interim results
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …and Microsoft launch strategic partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …may drop its Per Una brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Karstadt and Kaufhof owners discuss an alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …preliminary agreement in Kaufhof Karstadt merger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …rescue plan faces vote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …gains breathing space from lenders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …CVA voted through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …issues third profit warning of 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …offers space to local food producers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harvey Nichols rolls out omni-channel tech platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sets out plan for the future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …trials clothing buyback scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …selects finalists to join retail tech innovation programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …unveils rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Cdiscount and Mr.Bricolage announce a strategic partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Leroy Merlin opens new Paris store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: Leroy Merlin unveils new urban store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase to cut over 300 head office jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topps Tiles reports like-for-likes decline of 2.3% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Screwfix opens first net zero energy store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: FNAC Darty makes a bid for Grande Récré
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Fnac Darty joins forces with Wehkamp in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Russia: Ceconomy sells Russian business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone profit before tax falls 23.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carpetright reports drop in sales and profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Austria: Steinhoff sells Austrian businesses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm digital director leaves role
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Habitat to open two new standalone stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mattressman closes over half of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Steinhoff posts a loss of €599 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Online Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Vente Unique Group announce 92% leap in net profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Cdiscount reveals international expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Allobébé declares bankruptcy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: French Government considers e-commerce tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Italy: Amazon Business set to launch in Italy and Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Fnac Darty joins forces with Wehkamp in the Netherlands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon launches Home Services offering in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ASOS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …bans mohair, silk and cashmere products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …US Supreme Court tax decision hits ASOS share price
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …launches collaboration with Paris Hilton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sales up 53% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kleeneze IP bought by Ultimate Products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown product revenue falls in Q1 as store closures considered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ocado first-half revenue up, but earnings down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Trouva expands into Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & Beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: Douglas to close 60 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Superdrug profits and sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pet products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Tom&Co targets 100 stores in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and Leisure Goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Foot Locker opens largest European store in Liverpool
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports continues expansion and sales are on track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sports Direct disposes of Finish Line and acquires stake in Iconix
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Aurum Holdings prepares for flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and Games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Belgium: La Grande Récré closes Belgian stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Games Workshop full year results sees £5 million bonus for staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Tom&Co targets 100 stores in France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reports decline in non-food prices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …like-for-like retail sales up 1.1% in June 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …footfall begins to improve in May
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hammerson reportedly undergoing strategy review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: May retail sales up 6.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Pride in London opens pop-up shop in Soho

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