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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? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Key points included

  • Analyst Comment - discounting - not as easy as it looks
  • An overview of the latest European retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The UK has seen something of a revolution in discounting in the last few years. There’s a new breed of discounters who put greater emphasis on top rate systems and controls, properly constructed ranges and smart, well cared for stores. That may seem almost contradictory – surely a discounter needs to have a low cost base and doesn’t need to spend on such things. But as Aldi and Lidl have shown, a low cost base comes from very tight controls and customers are attracted by the merchandise and smarter stores Richard Perks
Director of Retail Research

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Discounting – Not as easy as it looks

      • The winning UK models
        • Hard discounting for non-foods
          • So if it works in the UK…
            • Next step France
              • Figure 1: Babou: outlet numbers and sales per outlet, 2008/09-2017/18
            • Underlying problems
              • What it means
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: all items CPI, 2017-18
                    • Figure 5: Major European economies: food price inflation, 2017-18
                • Launch Activity and Innovations

                  • Belgium: Delhaize unveils convenience concept Fresh Atelier
                    • France: Leclerc opens first organic store
                      • France: Organic retailer Biocoop invests in a new sector
                        • Zalando introduces a virtual stylist
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                • Electrical retailing
                                  • Home shopping
                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                      • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                        • Co-ops
                                          • UK: Co-op
                                            • …acquiring former Waitrose stores
                                              • …new £45 million distribution centre to create 1,200 jobs
                                                • Grocers
                                                  • France: Intermarché lowers prices to encourage healthier eating
                                                    • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize
                                                      • …expanding into robotics
                                                        • …reports strong sales and earnings growth for Q3
                                                          • …Albert Heijn and launching new joint initiatives
                                                            • Netherlands: Sligro showing signs of growth
                                                              • Spain: DIA Group undergoing organisational changes as part of transformation process
                                                                • Spain: Eroski posts profits of €14.8 million in first half
                                                                  • Sweden: ICA posts 2.8% growth in like-for-like sales
                                                                    • UK: Asda staff shake-up could lead to 2,500 job cuts
                                                                      • UK: M&S appoints new leadership team for food business
                                                                        • UK: Morrisons third quarter sales up but retail growth slows
                                                                          • UK: Percol unveils UK’s first plastic-free coffee packaging
                                                                            • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                              • …and Oasis planning concession partnership
                                                                                • …half year results boosted by Argos takeover
                                                                                  • …CMA investigation into Sainsbury’s-Asda merger to factor in Aldi and Lidl’s impact
                                                                                    • UK: Waitrose & Partners Food & Drink Report reveals latest trends
                                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                      • France: Camaïeu seeks protection from creditors
                                                                                        • Germany: Gerry Weber to discontinue Talkabout brand
                                                                                          • UK: Burberry profits surge 36% despite sales drop
                                                                                            • UK: Coach the latest luxury house to ban the use of real fur
                                                                                              • UK: Coast bought out of administration by Karen Millen
                                                                                                • UK: End opens first London store in Soho
                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection begins sale talks
                                                                                                    • UK: Jaeger to triple store network by end of 2019
                                                                                                      • UK: Karen Millen puts 100 jobs at risk
                                                                                                        • UK: Mulberry sales hit by House of Fraser administration
                                                                                                          • UK: New Look
                                                                                                            • …could lose more UK stores
                                                                                                              • …exiting the Chinese market
                                                                                                                • …half year results show a return to profitability
                                                                                                                  • UK: Next sales up 2% in Q3
                                                                                                                    • UK: Primark achieves strong full year performance in the UK
                                                                                                                      • UK: Reiss profits drop 26%
                                                                                                                        • UK: Sandro opening a menswear flagship store on Regent Street
                                                                                                                          • UK: Seasalt reports 23% increase in full-year sales
                                                                                                                            • UK: Superdry
                                                                                                                              • …first half sales affected by summer heatwave
                                                                                                                                • …issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                  • UK: TK Maxx FY sales increase 11%
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Zara UK reports soaring profits
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Footasylum
                                                                                                                                        • …experiences difficulty in second half trading
                                                                                                                                          • …credit insurance cut by numerous companies
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Schuh profits fall 9.6%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Shoe Zone reports strong second half performance
                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                • France: B&M has acquired French retail chain Babou
                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: HEMA to be acquired by Marcel Boekhoorn
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Home Bargains sales surpass £2 billion
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: The Range posts falling profits
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Wilko swings to red
                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords profits drop but sales rise in interim results
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                              • …appoints new leadership team for food business
                                                                                                                                                                • …expected to report a double digit drop in profits in interim results
                                                                                                                                                                  • …interim results reveal a sales decline across both divisions
                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches interactive sea map
                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches new Social Plastic reusable bag
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mothercare cuts 200 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                          • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                              • …to close up to 50 stores over the next three to five years
                                                                                                                                                                                • …to potentially close one third of its stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …retail and digital managing director resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …buys Glasgow store to create ‘Harrods of the North’
                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closing iconic Manchester store
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …JLAB innovation programmes launches retail experience challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …introducing after-hours private shopping service
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces ambitious plan for reducing HGV emissions
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …begins search for new Chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …Cheltenham store opens today
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Selfridges unveils new innovative menswear floor
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&Q pulling out of Black Friday
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase announces further store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Travis Perkins report solid trading for Q3 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: MediaMarkt lowers profit forecast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: HMV overtakes Amazon as UK’s biggest seller of physical music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carpetright sales dented by CVA store closures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bensons for Beds partners with sleep expert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …launches first inner-city store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …UK sales boosted by store openings and digital growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: ScS Group to pull out of House of Fraser concessions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm posts flat quarterly revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • New Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …expanding beauty offer to men’s cosmetics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …third quarter results impacted by summer heatwave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches Prime Wardrobe in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to create 1,000 technology jobs in three UK cities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open fashion pop-up on Baker Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: AO World to acquire Mobile Phones Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Moonpig to open Manchester tech hub
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Musclefood undergoes major rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown reports first-half losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct planning to shut outlet arm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sosandar expects to report 407% increase in half year revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boots fourth quarter sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Paperchase reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Works reports 15% sales rise in first update since IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Waterstones unveils new store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …acquires InMotion for £155 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …announce store closures following detailed review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Decathlon launches second hand platform
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct acquires Evans Cycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Claire’s stores under threat of closure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bond Street completes £10 million transformation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: 02 Icon Outlet opens its doors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Toys ‘R’ Us France taken over by Jellej Jouets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: GAME narrows annual losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Hamleys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …appoint new finance chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …profits dive to £12 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: October retail sales growth up just 0.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: September retail sales up by 4.2%