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European Retail Briefing - June 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment - The growth of the Drive piéton (pedestrian drive) in France's e-commerce sector
  • 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 – The growth of the Drive piéton (pedestrian drive) in France's e-commerce sector

      • What we’ve seen
        • Click and collect is the French online grocery model
          • Figure 1: A traditional Carrefour Drive
        • Drive piéton – a new genre
          • Figure 2: A stand-alone Carrefour Drive piéton
          • Figure 3: A Carrefour Drive piéton inside a store
          • Figure 4: A stand-alone Carrefour Drive piéton
        • Do they have a future?
          • What it means
          • European Retail Sales

            • Key points
                • Figure 5: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2018-19
                • Figure 6: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2018-19
              • Inflation
                • Figure 7: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2018-19
                • Figure 8: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2018-19
            • Launch Activity and Innovations

              • Spain: Lidl announce partnership with online food supermarket
                • Italy: Uniqlo opening first store in Italy in September
                  • Europe: Amazon launches pick-up counters at European retailers
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Grocers
                      • Clothing retailing
                        • Footwear retailing
                          • Department stores
                            • Electrical retailing
                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                              • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                • Co-ops
                                  • UK: Co-op
                                    • …and Superdrug announce ‘meal deal’ partnership
                                      • …raises £300 million Fairtrade bond
                                        • UK: Nisa shakes up management team
                                          • Grocers
                                            • France: Auchan to sell 46 Italian stores to Conad
                                              • Germany: REWE buys convenience expert Lekkerland
                                                • Spain: Caprabo sales fall by 8%
                                                  • Spain: Mercadona to invest in €120 million in automated systems
                                                    • UK: Asda reports fall in first quarter like-for-like sales
                                                      • UK: government initiative could see supermarkets fined for food waste
                                                        • UK: Lidl
                                                          • …acquires a new site to expand warehouse operations in Greater London
                                                            • …improve transparency on the method of production
                                                              • UK: Morrisons launch ‘weigh what you need’ service in drive to combat food waste
                                                                • UK: Sainsbury's to scrap plastic bags for fresh produce in all its stores
                                                                  • UK: Waitrose
                                                                    • …to introduce energy-saving ‘invisible door’ technology
                                                                      • …trials refilling station to get shoppers using less plastic packaging
                                                                        • …unveils plans to treble the size of its online grocery business
                                                                          • …new delivery depot to launch in Enfield
                                                                          • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                            • Poland: Weekday expands into central Europe
                                                                              • UK: Arcadia
                                                                                • …CVA decision postponed
                                                                                  • …identifies 23 stores for closure
                                                                                    • UK: Burberry report profit growth amid ongoing transformation plan
                                                                                      • UK: fashion retailers join new partnership to develop a more sustainable business model
                                                                                        • UK: H&M collaborates with Netflix on Stranger Things range
                                                                                          • UK: Joules sales soar
                                                                                            • UK: Karen Millen owner puts chain up for sale
                                                                                              • UK: Matalan full-year sales and profit rise
                                                                                                • UK: Miss Selfridge London flagship store to close in July
                                                                                                  • UK: Monsoon founder pledges £34 million to secure CVA
                                                                                                    • UK: Select
                                                                                                      • …proposals for a CVA
                                                                                                        • …officially enters administration
                                                                                                          • UK: Yours Clothing profits surge
                                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                              • Germany: Schuh to close German operations to focus on UK
                                                                                                                • UK: Shoe Zone reports flat sales and profits
                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords posts double-digit drop in full-year profit
                                                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                      • …invests in specialist digital clothes fitting group Texel
                                                                                                                        • …profits fall alongside store closure programme
                                                                                                                          • …accelerates store closure programme
                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare sales fall amid restructuring
                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundland owner Pepkor reports sales growth
                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                  • Spain: El Corte Inglés to sell Los Arcos and Bahía Sur stores
                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser is to turn up to seven stores into a new luxury mini-chain
                                                                                                                                      • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                        • …announces partnership with Co-op on click-and-collect trial
                                                                                                                                          • …appoints Sharon White as Chairman
                                                                                                                                            • …to trial new in-store virtual reality experience
                                                                                                                                              • …dominates customer satisfaction awards
                                                                                                                                                • …invests £21 million in Peterborough store refurbishment
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Scandinavian brand fashion brand Iben launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Kingfisher reports mixed first quarter
                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: tough quarter for Ceconomy
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Microsoft launching Oxford Circus flagship store in July
                                                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Carpetright and Furniture Village open its first joint venture store
                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Heal's celebrates Homes & Gardens centenary with exclusive collection
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ikea launches visualisation and e-commerce app
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jysk furniture group set for UK expansion
                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                            • …launch pop up stores to help small firms break onto the high street
                                                                                                                                                                              • …partners with Next for click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                • …trials pop-up station kiosks
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: eBay unveils first UK concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: fashion app Depop grabs $62 million investment
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Findel posts strong results as it considers name change
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Global Fashion Group to conduct an IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Royal Mail to roll out parcel postboxes across the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct launches customer closeness centre
                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …criticised for its use of plastic packaging
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launching digital version of its Advantage Card
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Superdrug launches new podcast series
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Card Factory group sales up 6.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WH Smith opens new concept store at Perth airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Decathlon launches cashierless shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Cotswold Outdoor owner Outdoor & Cycle Concepts wins CVA approval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …acquisition of Footasylum to be investigated by CMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to wholesale own-label brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct makes Game Digital takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Thomas Sabo considering 5 store closures as part of CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys & games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Games Workshop says full year profit will be at least £80 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Entertainer launches toy rehoming scheme with The Salvation Army
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pets and pet products retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Pets at Homes profits fall amid restructure plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Network Rail retail sales up 4.36% in the 2018/19 financial year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: retail property group Landsec losses widen despite sales increase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: rising CVAs increasingly threaten the big four shopping centre landlords
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: April retail sales up by 7.2%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: BRC-KPMG: May retail sales down 3.0% on a like-for-like basis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Klarna launches pop-up experiential event

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