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European Retail Briefing - March 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

    • Food fight in France
      • The big boys
        • And the rest
          • Is price enough?
          • Headlines of the Month

              • Food retailers
                • Non-food
                • Retail Sales Review

                    • France
                      • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                    • Germany
                      • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, Jan 2008-Jan 2009
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                    • Italy
                      • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                    • Netherlands
                      • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, Nov 2007-Dec 2008
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008-09
                    • Spain
                      • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, Dec 2007-Dec 2008
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008-09
                    • UK
                      • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, Dec 2007-Jan 2009
                  • Sector Focus – European Home Shopping

                      • Otto Group
                        • Figure 13: Otto Group: Retail sales as share of non-store retailers in Europe, 2003-07
                        • Figure 14: Otto UK: Retail sales as share of UK non-store retailers, 2003-07
                      • Strategic evaluation
                        • Consolidation of business activities
                          • Internationalisation
                            • Building a stronger multi-channel platform
                              • Innovation
                                • History
                                  • Financial performance
                                    • Retailing focus
                                      • But declining retail sales record
                                        • Online offsets some of the decline…
                                          • … and international outperforms too
                                            • Figure 15: Otto multi-channel retail division: Financial performance, 2003/04-2007/08
                                          • Store portfolio
                                            • Catalogues
                                              • Figure 16: Otto Europe: Multi-channel retail operations, 2008
                                            • e-commerce
                                            • The Month in Retailing

                                              • Co-ops (retail)
                                                • Italy: Co-op Italia signs clothing deal
                                                  • Switzerland: Co-op Schweiz reports FY results
                                                    • UK: Co-op stores sold to Sainsbury’s
                                                      • Grocers
                                                        • Belgium: Delhaize ends Unilever boycott
                                                          • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked sees FY sales rise 3%
                                                            • France: Carrefour
                                                              • … enters Morocco
                                                                • … signs Abu Dhabi deal
                                                                  • … eyes 75% stake in Seventh Continent
                                                                    • … launches in Bulgaria
                                                                      • France: Casino announces rise in EBIT and €1bn asset sale
                                                                        • Germany: Rewe reports 11% FY sales increase
                                                                          • Netherlands: Ahold
                                                                            • … Q4 profits soar 49%
                                                                              • … FY net income plummets
                                                                                • Netherlands: Super de Boer triples FY profits
                                                                                  • Portugal: Jeronimo Martins sees FY profit rise 24%
                                                                                    • Russian Federation: Billa sees FY sales climb 40%
                                                                                      • Slovenia: Mercator reports 8% FY profit drop
                                                                                        • Spain: Condis sees sales rise in 2008
                                                                                          • Spain: Mercadona posts 5% profit drop in 2008
                                                                                            • Sweden: ICA sees FY sales increase
                                                                                              • Sweden: Axfood sales steady in February
                                                                                                • UK: Asda
                                                                                                  • … appoints new COO
                                                                                                    • … posts impressive FY results
                                                                                                      • … removes underperforming brands from stores
                                                                                                        • … reports February sales boost
                                                                                                          • UK: Morrisons wades into supermarket price war
                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                              • … and Asda ramp up pressure in price war
                                                                                                                • … launches new format
                                                                                                                  • … wins appeal over ruling to curb expansion
                                                                                                                    • UK: Waitrose wades into supermarket price war
                                                                                                                      • Off-licences
                                                                                                                        • UK: Majestic Wine acquires Lay & Wheeler
                                                                                                                          • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                            • Denmark: IC Companys posts 1% sales increase
                                                                                                                              • Italy: Benetton's FY profit up 7%
                                                                                                                                • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                  • … boasts 9% sales increase in January
                                                                                                                                    • … appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                      • Sweden: RNB sales slide in February
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Adams saved by former owner
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Arcadia to merge with Bhs
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bhs outlines development plans
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Mosaic
                                                                                                                                                • … poised for pre-pack administration
                                                                                                                                                  • … fashion chain Principles is shutting its gates
                                                                                                                                                    • … in brands deal with Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                      • … Aurora seeks rent reduction
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mulberry reveals stronger-than-expected Holiday sales
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Primark reports LFLs increase
                                                                                                                                                            • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dune poised to acquire Shoe Studio
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Stylo to slip into administration
                                                                                                                                                                  • … chairman plans to buy back stores
                                                                                                                                                                    • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • France: PPR
                                                                                                                                                                        • … appoints new Redcats boss
                                                                                                                                                                          • … FY profits slump 20%
                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Arcandor
                                                                                                                                                                              • … drops FY outlook due to lacking visibility
                                                                                                                                                                                • … reveals €58m net loss in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Metro sells Adler fashion stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                      • … chairman reiterates Chinese expansion despite errors
                                                                                                                                                                                        • … puts pressure on suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Finland: Stockmann reports 18% Q4 profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: House of Fraser mulls Beatties disposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis pledges to create 1,000 jobs in 2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Austria: BauMax weathers economic gloom
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Kingfisher reports strong Q4 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Mr Bricolage posts profit boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Praktiker sees FY profit fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Travis Perkins sees FY profits plunge
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Media-Saturn executives leave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carphone Warehouse to slash 400 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Best Buy delays UK launch until 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DSGi announces new store plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Zavvi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • … to live on online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • … to become Head following purchase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sweden: Nobia reports sales, profit drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Habitat reveals £13m FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm reports flat half-year profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Neckermann poaches new chief executive from Quelle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Asos launches kidswear business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop Direct flourishes on rivals' demise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Switzerland: Galenica to take over Sun Store pharmacy chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Body Shop FY profits dive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WH Smith signs deal with BAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Blacks Leisure receives approaches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … confirms health club offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … looks to place lifestyle division in administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct posts 12% sales boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Greece: Jumbo posts 15% surge in H1 profits

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          European Retail Briefing - March 2009

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