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European Retail Briefing Market Report

Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the European Retail Briefing market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this Report

European Retail Sales

  • Key points: Major European economies
  • Inflation: Major European economies

Launch Activity and Innovations

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

Headlines for the Month

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

News Analysis

  • Food and Drink
  • Clothing and Footwear
  • Home and Household Goods
  • Online Retailing
  • Other Retailing
  • Economy>

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Richard Perks, a leading analyst in the Retail sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

"It is too easy for failing companies to blame online competition, rather than any other competition from a retailer that happens to be performing better. For example, in fashion we know that Zalando is performing exceptionally strongly. But the reason why so many high street fashion retailers are struggling has just as much to do with the fact that they have taken a risk averse strategy and don’t give their target market what it wants." Richard Perks
Director of Retail Research

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Online and the High Street

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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