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European Retail Briefing - June 2009

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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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • Changing allegiances
      • Intense competition
        • Changing of the guard
          • A more open economy
          • Headlines of the Month

            • Retail Sales Review

                • France
                  • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                • Germany
                  • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, Feb 2008-Feb 2009
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                • Italy
                  • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                • Netherlands
                  • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008-09
                • Spain
                  • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 200809
                • UK
                  • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
              • Sector Focus: Emerging Markets

                  • Market size and performance
                    • Leading retailers
                      • Figure 13: Leading retailers in emerging markets, 2008
                    • Highly fragmented markets
                      • Consolidation and M&A opportunities
                        • The future
                            • Figure 14: Emerging markets: Forecast 2009 retail sales performance and expected year of recovery
                        • News Analysis

                          • Bakers (retail)
                            • UK: Greggs sales up 5% in H1
                              • Convenience stores
                                • Ireland: Musgrave profit slides 20%
                                  • UK: Spar International posts "excellent" results
                                    • Grocers
                                      • Belgium: Colruyt to buy Unifrais stake
                                        • Belgium: Delhaize to purchase remaining Alfa-Beta stake
                                          • France: Carrefour
                                            • …to overhaul French hypermarkets
                                              • …buys half of Brazilian grocer
                                                • France: Intermarché to withdraw Ecomarché fascia
                                                  • Germany: Rewe
                                                    • …posts record EBITA for 2008
                                                      • …to add 20 new Russian stores
                                                        • Netherlands: Ahold
                                                          • …appoints new Czech, Slovakia chief
                                                            • …results marred by US Chapter 11
                                                              • Netherlands: Schuitema FY sales drop
                                                                • Russian Federation: Magnit sales rise in April
                                                                  • Russian Federation: X5
                                                                    • …introduces in-store pharmacies, launches electronics pilot
                                                                      • …suffers $82.1m Q1 loss
                                                                        • …prepares bid for Ukrainian retail chain
                                                                          • Slovenia: Mercator gains control of M-Rodic
                                                                            • Spain: Eroski
                                                                              • …posts €97m FY loss
                                                                                • …launches discount campaign
                                                                                  • UK: Asda
                                                                                    • …sales up 8.4% in Q1
                                                                                      • …to expand in Scotland
                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons reports strong Q1 sales
                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury's enjoys 11% hike in FY profits
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco trials DVD rental kiosks in Ireland
                                                                                              • UK: Waitrose bucks downturn with quarterly growth
                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                  • UK: First Quench posts FY loss
                                                                                                    • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                      • Italy: Benetton records 38% profit drop
                                                                                                        • Spain: Inditex suffers 15% net profit drop
                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M reverses sales decline
                                                                                                            • UK: Alexon LFLs slump 10.5% in Q1
                                                                                                              • UK: Aquascutum in sales talks
                                                                                                                • UK: Bay Trading bought out of administration
                                                                                                                  • UK: Burberry suffers annual loss
                                                                                                                    • UK: French Connection posts sales boost
                                                                                                                      • UK: Moss Bros reports sales fall
                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look posts record FY results
                                                                                                                          • UK: TJX Europe plans huge UK expansion
                                                                                                                            • US: TJX sees Q1 profit jump 8%
                                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                • UK: Clarks profits increase 16%
                                                                                                                                  • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare FY profits soar
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundland posts annual earnings jump
                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Arcandor
                                                                                                                                            • …to apply for state aid
                                                                                                                                              • …aid request rejected by government
                                                                                                                                                • …files for bankruptcy protection
                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Douglas Holding suffers 17% slump in H1 sales
                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Metro calls for Arcandor support rejection
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Laura Ashley records sales rise
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Marks & Spencer cuts dividend as FY profit drops
                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                            • Finland: Stockmann to scrap Hobby Hall division in Baltic countries
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                • …parts ways with Shoe Studios
                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts sales dip, looks to raise £323m
                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Hornbach "cautiously optimistic" after revealing robust FY results
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: B&Q invests £18m in furniture launch
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kingfisher enjoys 40% profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Topps Tiles profits slump
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wickes owner in £300m rights issue
                                                                                                                                                                                • Electricals retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Best Buy Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …posts annual profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                      • … appoints new COO
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: DSGi sells Hungarian chain for €1
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kesa sees sales drop 7.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Otto considers Arcandor purchases
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Findel considers rights issue after disappointing year
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct enjoys sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Celesio Q1 earnings dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Alliance Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts £13m profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …names new CEO
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Borders UK hires restructuring firm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Clinton Cards puts Birthdays into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith posts solid Q3 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Blacks Leisure suffers annual loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …acquires Chausport for €8m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …ponders JJB takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …posts LFLs boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JJB sees sales plunge 23%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct sells 5% JJB Sports stake to mystery investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Aurum reports flat Q1 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Signet delivers Q1 profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wyevale Garden Centres appoints new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …appoints new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …profits rise 2.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economic news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: April retail sales rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Retail sales kept dropping in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Romania: Retail sales fall in first four months of 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Scotland: Retail sales boosted by warm weather in April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • BRC: April retail sales boosted by sunny Easter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • BRC: May LFL retail sales drop 0.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • ONS: April retail sales rise more than expected

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