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European Retail Briefing - March 2013

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • E-commerce in Europe
      • Growth in participation slows in 2012
          • Figure 1: Europe: Percentage of all individuals having purchased goods or services online in the past three months, selected countries, 2008-12
        • Participation: food/groceries
            • Figure 2: Europe: Percentage of all individuals having purchased food/groceries online in the past 12 months, selected countries, 2011 and 2012
          • Participation: electronic goods
            • Figure 3: Percentage of all individuals having purchased electronic equipment online in the past 12 months, selected countries, 2011 and 2012
            • Figure 4: Europe: Online-only retailers used for electrical goods purchases in the past 12 months (DE, FR, IT, ES) or the last three years (UK), January 2013 (DE, FR, IT, ES) or November 2012 (UK)
          • Participation: household goods
            • Figure 5: Percentage of all individuals having purchased household goods online in the past 12 months, selected countries, 2011 and 2012
          • Participation: clothes and sports goods
            • Figure 6: Percentage of all individuals having purchased clothes or sports goods online in the past 12 months, selected countries, 2011 and 2012
          • What we think
          • Retail Sales Review

            • Key points
              • France
                • Figure 7: France: Retail sales, 2012
              • Inflation
                • Figure 8: France: Inflation, 2012-13
              • Germany
                • Figure 9: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
              • Inflation
                • Figure 10: Germany: Inflation, 2012-13
              • Italy
                • Figure 11: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2012
              • Inflation
                • Figure 12: Italy: Inflation, 2012-13
              • Netherlands
                • Figure 13: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
              • Inflation
                • Figure 14: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2012-13
              • Spain
                • Figure 15: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
              • Inflation
                • Figure 16: Spain: Inflation 2012-13
              • UK
                • Figure 17: UK: Retail sales trends, 2012-13
              • Inflation
                • Figure 18: UK: Inflation, 2012-13
            • Headlines for the Month

              • Grocers
                • Clothing retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Home shopping
                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                              • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                              • News Analysis

                                • Co-ops
                                  • UK: The Co-op extends contactless payment technology
                                    • Convenience stores
                                      • UK: Morrisons to tailor M Local stores to London
                                        • UK: Nisa to receive £100m funding from Barclays
                                          • UK: Spar launches £1 value campaign
                                            • UK: Waitrose to increase its convenience stores in London
                                              • Grocers
                                                • Belgium: Delhaize posts full-year revenue growth
                                                  • Denmark: Coop Denmark posts ‘unsatisfactory’ full-year results
                                                    • France: Casino releases strong results for 2012
                                                      • France: E.Leclerc’s turnover increases by 7%
                                                        • Germany: Lidl expands managing board
                                                          • Italy: Esselunga reports full-year growth
                                                            • Netherlands: Ahold
                                                              • …sees full-year profits decline
                                                                • …to sell 60% stake in ICA to Hakon Invest
                                                                  • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins
                                                                    • …invests in Poland
                                                                      • …posts 5% rise in net profit
                                                                        • Russian Federation: Russian retailer Dixy plans to invest $1.6 billion to double store numbers
                                                                          • Spain: DIA posts strong year end results
                                                                            • Spain: Lidl to invest €120m in Spanish arm
                                                                              • Spain: Mercadona to open 25 stores in the Basque Country
                                                                                • Sweden: Axfood posts 0.3% like-for-like rise in sales
                                                                                  • UK: Asda
                                                                                    • …brings in McKinsey to draft new five-year plan
                                                                                      • …posts flat like-for-likes over Christmas
                                                                                        • UK: Frozen burger sales plummet
                                                                                          • UK: Frozen food retailers eye Blockbuster stores
                                                                                            • UK: Iceland follows Morrisons into Gibraltar
                                                                                              • UK: Lidl equips store managers with iPads
                                                                                                • UK: Meat testing: no new positives reported
                                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                                    • …buys 49 former Blockbuster stores
                                                                                                      • …last of big four to launch own clothing range
                                                                                                        • …reported to have acquired HMV stores
                                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                            • …annual merchandise sales reach £1 billion for the first time
                                                                                                              • …extends commitment to British milk supply chain
                                                                                                                • UK: Supermarkets get 58p of every pound spent in retail
                                                                                                                  • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                    • …Clubcard TV goes live
                                                                                                                      • …issues apology after spaghetti bolognaise was found to contain 60% horsemeat
                                                                                                                        • …to initiate price war
                                                                                                                          • …to restructure distribution network
                                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                                              • …introduces drive-through service
                                                                                                                                • …was aware of contaminated meat products
                                                                                                                                  • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Thorntons commercial business focus sees profits rise
                                                                                                                                      • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                                        • France: Hermès posts strong sales growth
                                                                                                                                          • France: LVMH considering portfolio expansion
                                                                                                                                            • Ireland: Monsoon Accesssorize Ireland to call in examiners
                                                                                                                                              • Italy: Sixty Group future brightens with hope of government deal
                                                                                                                                                • UK: All Saints suffers six-month sales decline
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Aquascutum appoints new chief operating officer to head UK business
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Aurora Fashions
                                                                                                                                                      • …to spin off Coast as independent company
                                                                                                                                                        • …to undergo restructuring
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Blue Inc emerges as a potential buyer for Republic
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: French Connection warned over misleading pricing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Go Outdoors hires new chief executive from Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: H&M opens first & Other Stories store in London
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hobbs lays out overseas expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Intu expands with £250 million deal
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jack Wills opens second UAE store
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: La Senza focuses on core young customer
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mango to open new store Mango Touch in London
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Monsoon Accessorize
                                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                • …criticised for extending supplier payment terms
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …appoints former George at Asda executive as international director
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look set to open in China
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next considers domestic production
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Owners of Matalan consider buying Republic
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …expects like-for-likes to rise by 7%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …hits online wall
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …rules out retail park expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to open St David’s flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Reiss rehires former womenswear designer
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Republic
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …considers pre-pack administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …on the verge of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …support from Danish Jack & Jones owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …another high street casualty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …boss eyes beds retailer Dreams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …opens flagship store in Los Angeles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …partners with Google to launch digital fashion show experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: White Stuff hires new chief executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shoe Zone steps it up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Metro AG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sees profits decline in 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …plans to implement cost cutting programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: Metro Cash & Carry trials low-cost store in Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …exits China after four months
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to axe its TV shopping channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …joins British Fashion Council to promote British fashion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …goes green
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …fashion sales slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: PPR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …posts strong end-of-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …thought to be considering name change
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …extends foothold in the Baltics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales declined by 10% in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …axes more than 300 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …held acquisition talks with House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …invests £57 million in store revamps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sees growth in 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …signs up to Collect+ for easier returns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to close Park Royal distribution centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Rewe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …set to rebrand Toom DIY stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to divest ProMarkt and to acquire Coop stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&Q hires first omnichannel director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …chief warns government over business rates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Q4 sales down on last year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Robert Dyas considers shopping centre expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Travis Perkins sees construction improving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Gordale Nurseries results in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: PIXmania closes 10 French stores, reduces European online presence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Spain: Metro AG to withdraw Saturn chain from Spain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dixons sells B2B IT arm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Maplin revamps stores in £2 million investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Peter Jones looks to acquire 30 Jessops shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundstretcher eyes former Comet stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Housewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Blockbuster to close a further 164 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …collapsed owing £20 million in tax
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …thrown potential lifeline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …administrator sells stores in Hong Kong and Singapore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …boss Trevor Moore made redundant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …HMV Guernsey also falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to axe more staff and stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to receive support from Elton John
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Game eyes HMV, Blockbuster and Jessops stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dreams acquired by Sun European
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ikea UK profits down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next to open third Home and Garden store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Amazon drops German security firm after discrimination allegations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: OTTO Group’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …restructuring efforts may cost jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …reports highest turnover in over a decade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando doubles revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon hires new UK finance director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Condé Nast invests in Farfetch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to launch online entertainment stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …welcomes Belsham back after just 18 months at Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …boosts global online business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: The Hut Group appoints new chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Zalando to scale back UK operation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Book retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Independent bookshop shelf life declines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Boots invests in hearing practices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Lloydspharmacy boss steps down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Europe: JD Sports to acquire Dutch menswear retailer Setpoint
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Cotswold Outdoor sees sales increase by 14%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: JD Sports acquires Cloggs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …buys Republic out of administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …founder sells £100 million worth of shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …posts profit rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lego builds on success
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Carphone Warehouse mulls sale of French business Phone House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: Longchamp reports 16% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Albemarle & Bond sees 33% drop in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kiddicare will add seven superstores to its portfolio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: BRC: February sees strongest retail growth for three years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: British Land acquires portfolio of retail properties
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Halt in retail sector growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Railway station retailers outperform high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Retail business costs soar £20 billion in six years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Rules on price comparison advertising relaxed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shopper footfall plummets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Treasury will consider business rates rethink
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical Retailing in Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Darty plc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Slimming down – and more to come?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France is the focus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 19: Darty plc: Estimated contribution to segment revenues by country, 2011/12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 20: Darty plc: Group financial performance, 2007/8-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Figure 21: Darty plc: Outlet data, 2008-12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Retail offering

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