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European Retail Briefing - March 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment - French food prices set to rise as the new Loi Alimentation takes effect
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – French food prices set to rise as the new Loi Alimentation takes effect

      • What we’ve seen
        • The Loi Alimentation (Food law)
          • Stopping price wars
            • Leclerc is opposed
              • Not just food prices
                • What it means
                • European Retail Sales

                  • Key points
                      • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2018-19
                      • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2018-19
                    • Inflation
                      • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2018-19
                      • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2018-19
                  • Launch Activity and Innovations

                    • France: Auchan to launch first till-free store
                      • Netherlands: Albert Heijn to open stores in Hema
                        • Poland: Lidl continues to roll out European loyalty scheme
                          • France: Zalando Beauty launches in France
                          • Headlines for the Month

                            • Grocers
                              • Clothing retailing
                                • DIY retailing
                                  • Electrical retailing
                                    • Furniture retailing
                                      • Home shopping
                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                          • Co-ops
                                            • UK: Co-op launching first ever franchise stores
                                              • Convenience stores
                                                • UK: McColl full year pre-tax profit declines due to supply chain issues
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • Austria: SPAR Austria sales grow 5% in 2018
                                                      • France: E.Leclerc posts 1.5% increase in turnover in full-year 2018
                                                        • France: Groupe Casino selling 33 stores to Lidl
                                                          • Germany: Kaufland launching new sustainable product ranges
                                                            • Germany: Metro reports mixed results in first quarter of its financial year
                                                              • Italy: Carrefour could cut around 4% of its Italian workforce
                                                                • Spain: DIA outlines plans for its 2018-2023 strategic plans
                                                                  • UK: Aldi
                                                                    • …opens £50 million warehouse in Kent
                                                                      • …to scrap 5p plastic bags from all stores nationwide
                                                                        • UK: Asda
                                                                          • …records seventh consecutive quarter of sales growth
                                                                            • …to re-launch its in-store radio station
                                                                              • UK: Iceland
                                                                                • …Christmas sales fall
                                                                                  • …eyes up Sainsbury’s and Asda stores ahead of proposed merger
                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s-Asda
                                                                                      • …merger in doubt
                                                                                        • …confirms deadline extension on Sainsburys-Asda probe
                                                                                          • UK: Waitrose & Partners
                                                                                            • …partnership with Ocado to end September 2020
                                                                                              • …to potentially allow shoppers to pick their own fresh produce
                                                                                                • …using racing car technology to cut energy consumption in stores
                                                                                                  • Specialist food & drink retailing
                                                                                                    • UK: Greggs posts exceptionally strong start to 2019
                                                                                                      • UK: Hotel Chocolat reports increase in first-half profits
                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                        • France: Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies aged 85
                                                                                                          • France: LVMH launches new standard for responsible supply of crocodile skins
                                                                                                            • Germany: Miller & Monroe files for bankruptcy
                                                                                                              • Italy: Prada forms diversity council after racism row
                                                                                                                • UK: Anya Hindmarch up for sale
                                                                                                                  • UK: F&F clothing range launched on Next website
                                                                                                                    • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                                                      • …forms new partnership with independent coffee shop Bear
                                                                                                                        • …swings to a full-year loss
                                                                                                                          • UK: MPs suggest tax on fashion to combat waste
                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look reports 0.9% increase in third quarter UK like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                              • UK: Primark moving over 200 UK roles to Dublin
                                                                                                                                • UK: Quiz issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                                                    • …chairman to stand down by year end
                                                                                                                                      • …to cut jobs in cost-cutting plan
                                                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Clarks confirms closure of Somerset factory
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dr.Martens investing £2 million into Northampton factory site
                                                                                                                                              • UK: LK Bennett
                                                                                                                                                • …drafts in advisors for strategic review
                                                                                                                                                  • …prepares to call in administrators
                                                                                                                                                    • …files for administration
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Office profits hit by House of Fraser collapse
                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Mixed goods

                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland to reinvent its culture and store proposition
                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                              • …issues new profits warning
                                                                                                                                                                • …obtains £40 million cash injection
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Harrods launches new luxury podcast
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                      • …announces JLAB innovation short list
                                                                                                                                                                        • …underlying profits tumble 45.4%
                                                                                                                                                                          • …recognised as a "Disability Confident Leader"
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges pledges to phase out sale of exotic skins by 2020
                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Mr. Bricolage revenues down for 2018 financial year
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wickes profits take a hit
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Europe: Fnac Darty reports 20% uplift in profits for full-year 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Steinhoff reports 4% rise in European and UK sales
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Better Bathrooms falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: IKEA considering selling furniture on third-party websites
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Laura Ashley
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …confirms it has not received any takeover offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …warns full year profits will be below market expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Dunelm posts strong first half results
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Bonprix launches high-tech shopping experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Zalando posts 24.6% increase in Q4 revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: ASOS Gen-Z label COLLUSION exceeds sales expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: M&S and Ocado announce joint venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: QVC announces partnership with social commerce specialist Curalate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Douglas reports record sales during Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …looks to cut HQ jobs as part of restructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …trials 10% student discount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Fragrance Shop to open over 15 Sniff Bar sites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: WH Smith enters the Netherlands with store in Schiphol airport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Paperchase launches CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Findel rejects Sports Direct takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Gymshark announces partnership with Klarna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports acquires an 8.3% stake in Footasylum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Europe: GrandVision buys El Corte Inglés' optics chain
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Liverpool Shopping Park obtains planning approval for £30 million expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Westfield Croydon construction delayed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: BRC-KPMG: Retail sales dipped in February 2019
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: MPs propose online sales tax in bid to save the high street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: UK retail sales bounce back in January
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Westminster Council gives go ahead for Oxford Street renovation

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