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European Retail Briefing - June 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Online retailing and the High st'
  • 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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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Online and the High Street

      • The electricals market under pressure
        • Boulanger’s response
          • Boulanger and Expert
            • But stores can fight back
              • The toy market
                • The future for toy stores
                  • Where next?
                    • Time for stores to fight back
                    • European Retail Sales

                      • Key points
                          • Figure 1: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                          • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
                        • Inflation
                          • Figure 3: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2017-18
                          • Figure 4: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2017-18
                      • Launch Activity and Innovations

                        • Belgium: Carrefour introduces fully-automated drive outlet
                          • France: Auchan launches wine voice assistant
                            • France: IKEA to open a store in Paris
                              • France: Intermarché looks at opening store for elderly shoppers
                                • UK: Amazon buys right to show Premier League matches
                                  • UK: Argos and Lego team up for augmented reality offering
                                    • UK: Superdrug launches piercing service
                                    • Headlines for the Month

                                      • Food and Drink
                                        • Clothing and Footwear
                                          • Home and Household Goods
                                            • Online
                                              • Other retailing
                                                • Economy
                                                • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                                  • France: Auchan stops home delivery
                                                    • France: Carrefour could close 227 DIA stores
                                                      • Ireland: Musgrave results soar thanks to SuperValu
                                                        • Netherlands: Albert Heijn opens new concept store
                                                          • Norway: Iceland opens first store in Norway
                                                            • Poland: Intermarché and Bricomarché Poland sales increase 10% in Q1
                                                              • Poland: Jerónimo Martins favourite to buy Piotr i Pawel
                                                                • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins to source 100% of electricity from renewable sources
                                                                  • Spain: Eroski returns to profit in 2017
                                                                    • Spain: Grupo DIA…
                                                                      • …refurbishes cash & carry stores Max Discount
                                                                        • …sales and profits fall in Q1
                                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                                            • …full year profits fall
                                                                              • …sales rise for fourth quarter in a row
                                                                                • UK: Co-op…
                                                                                  • …to give away food to community groups to fight food waste
                                                                                    • …introduce reverse vending machines for plastic recycling
                                                                                      • UK: Morrisons sales up 3.6% in Q1
                                                                                        • UK: Hotel Chocolat repays ‘chocolate bonds’
                                                                                          • UK: Iceland aims to become a dementia-friendly retailer
                                                                                            • UK: Morrisons increases funding for ‘honesty’ fridges
                                                                                              • UK: Tesco…
                                                                                                • …seeks to create closed loop recycling system
                                                                                                  • …to close Tesco Direct
                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s introduces in-store ice cream parlours
                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose collaborates with Bupa to launch in-store health checks
                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                        • France: Kidiliz and Chinese group Semir enter exclusive takeover negotiations
                                                                                                          • Germany: Takko Fashion revenue up 1.3% in 2017
                                                                                                            • Italy: Burberry acquires leather manufacturer
                                                                                                              • Sweden: Afound to open debut stores
                                                                                                                • UK: Arcadia owner Taveta reports a 42% drop in profit
                                                                                                                  • UK: Bags Etc enters administration
                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry profit rises and revenue dips over full year
                                                                                                                      • UK: H&M to change UK clothing sizes
                                                                                                                        • UK: Joules full year revenue up 18%
                                                                                                                          • UK: Matalan reports annual rise in profit and sales
                                                                                                                            • UK: MSGM to open first UK store
                                                                                                                              • UK: Monsoon losses fall in 2017
                                                                                                                                • UK: Moss Bros sales continue to decline but CEO remains optimistic
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mothercare…
                                                                                                                                    • …group profit falls 88%
                                                                                                                                      • …secures creditor support for CVA
                                                                                                                                        • …to accelerate store closures
                                                                                                                                          • …to close 50 stores as part of CVA
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Next…
                                                                                                                                              • …demands rent parity with struggling rivals
                                                                                                                                                • …first quarter sales rise 6%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: QUIZ…
                                                                                                                                                    • …partners with TOWIE cast members
                                                                                                                                                      • …profits and sales soar
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shoe Zone sales and profits rise in H1
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Topshop/Topman falls to full year loss for 2017
                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                            • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Carpetright…
                                                                                                                                                                • …launches plans to raise £60 million in funding
                                                                                                                                                                  • …secures extra funding
                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Kingfisher places customers at centre of sustainability plan
                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Mr Bricolage sales hit by bad weather
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Former Comet owner targets Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Graham & Brown launches decorating visualisation app
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kingfisher sales down in Q1 due to weather conditions
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Topps Tiles profit falls in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wesfarmers sells Homebase for nominal £1 fee
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Wickes to axe a third of head office jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Fnac Darty…
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …and MediaMarkt/Saturn join forces for European Retail Alliance
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …increases delivery fulfilment options
                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Boulanger to merge with Expert & Connexion
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Buy It Direct makes offer for Maplin’s brand and online store
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dixons Carphone warns on profits and announces store-closing program
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Dunelm issues profit warning as store like-for-likes decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Fabb Sofas goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Wyevale Garden Centres put up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Online Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Amazon…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches new campaign with PayPoint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to create over 2,500 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: BHS.com closed after less than two years of operating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado signs deal with Kroger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Shop Direct…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …falls into loss as PPI claims hit profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to merge Very Exclusive with Very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Hut Group turnover increases 47%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Other Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Card Factory sales up in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Smiggle sales up 91.7% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Kaufland to roll out self-checkout service to 160 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Debenhams…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …and Estée Lauder unveil in-store #beautyhub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches three new suiting brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: House of Fraser…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …could be shutting half of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …insists it is ‘on track’ for CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …lenders demand shareholders inject funds into retailer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …losses climb to £44 million in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to shut more than half of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis acquires home improvement business Opun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Feelunique partners with Veleza
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Luxury retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: LVMH invests heavily into Lyst
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: Richemont completes takeover of Yoox Net-A-Porter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Switzerland: Richemont to buy Watchfinder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Desmond & Dempsey opens first pop-up shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: B&M full year profits and revenues jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …profits drop 62.1% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to close more stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to rebrand to Markle & Sparkle for royal wedding
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to appoint administrators
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …Alteri nears rescue deal with Poundworld
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pets retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Pets at Home services boost fails to stop profit falling in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Halfords sales rise but profits dip as it hires new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JD Sports relaunches Supply & Demand brand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mountain Warehouse sales rise by 22%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: La Grande Récré is set to close 53 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Jollyes bought by Kester Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: European Commission proposes ban on single-use plastics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: April retail sales edge up 0.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BRC figures show jump in retail sales of 4.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: government launches commission into high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: landlords fight back against CVAs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: landlords to fight use of CVAs to cut rent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: shop prices drop in May

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