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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 on gender fluidity gaining strength in retail
  • 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
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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment: Gender-fluidity continues to gain strength, especially in the world in fashion

      • What we've seen
        • Equipment launches its first gender-fluid collection in 2020
          • London welcomed its first gender-fluid fashion store in 2019
            • Recent gender-neutrality initiatives in fashion
              • What it means
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                    • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2018-20
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2018-20
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2018-20
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2018-20
                • Launch Activity and Innovations

                  • Belgium: Lidl launches own-label vegan burgers and minced meat
                    • France: Carrefour buys fruit and veg delivery start-up to expand ecommerce food offer
                      • Netherlands: Jumbo to extend meal delivery service to Utrecht and Amsterdam
                      • Headlines for the Month

                        • Grocers
                          • Clothing retailing
                            • DIY retailing
                              • Online shopping
                              • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                • Convenience stores
                                  • UK: Spar celebrates festive sales
                                    • Grocers
                                      • France: Aldi reveals its first TV advertisement with new slogan
                                        • France: Auchan announces voluntary departure plan cutting 517 jobs in France
                                          • France: Carrefour reveals ‘Healthy Prices’ campaign
                                            • France: Système U sees strong sales from supermarkets
                                              • Netherlands: Albert Heijn set to double home delivery capacity with two new sites
                                                • Netherlands: Jumbo scraps disposable displays for smarter and reusable alternatives
                                                  • Spain: Store remodelling proves uplifting for Eroski in the Balearic Islands
                                                    • Spain: Lidl Spain rolls out new ready-to-eat private label
                                                      • Sweden: December sales for ICA Gruppen rise
                                                        • UK: Asda
                                                          • …to offer ‘food-for-now’ offerings
                                                            • …reveals plans for first ‘sustainability store’
                                                              • UK: Booths own-brand boosts Christmas sales
                                                                • UK: Iceland is to reduce plastic packaging on fresh food by 93% in new trial
                                                                  • UK: Morrisons to cut 3,000 department manager roles
                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                      • …commits £1bn to meet net zero pledge
                                                                        • …CEO steps down followed by hundreds of management roles to be cut
                                                                          • UK: Tesco removes plastic from multipacks as it continues to cut down on waste
                                                                            • Other food specialists
                                                                              • UK: ‘Inefficiencies’ in the supply chain leave a slightly bitter aftertaste for Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                • UK: Online sales help boost trading at Holland & Barrett over Christmas
                                                                                • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                    • France: LVMH hails deals with Stella McCartney and Tiffany & Co in full year results
                                                                                      • France: Premium French label Equipment launches gender-fluid SS 2020 collection
                                                                                        • Switzerland: Richemont sees growth across all markets except Japan
                                                                                          • UK: BRC announces new vegan guidelines for fashion retailers
                                                                                            • UK: Matalan Christmas sales inch up despite ‘depressed’ consumer confidence
                                                                                              • UK: Reiss festive sales rise as owner seeks out buyer
                                                                                                • UK: Disappointing festive performance from Quiz after slashing ties with Zalando
                                                                                                  • UK: French Connection sale withdrawn as it fails to find a buyer
                                                                                                    • UK: Joules blames later fall of Black Friday for decline in half-year profits
                                                                                                      • UK: Luxury brand Bernadette launches first handbag range for Spring 2020
                                                                                                        • UK: Mint Velvet sees revenues rise but investments in operations hit profits
                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros sales fall amid ‘challenging’ marketplace
                                                                                                            • UK: New strategy drives Christmas boost for Crew Clothing
                                                                                                              • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                • …steals market share as sales increase
                                                                                                                  • …kicks off first sports collaboration with Lotto
                                                                                                                    • UK: Seasalt sales up despite a ‘tough and challenging market’
                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker’s overstatement of £58m in stock revealed to be ‘materially higher’
                                                                                                                        • UK: The Cambridge Satchel Company opens new Oxford store
                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                          • UK: Pep&Co clothing boosts sales during festive period
                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                              • UK: Halfords maintains profit guidance after ‘solid’ festive sales
                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Beales
                                                                                                                                    • …at a breaking point after disappointing Christmas
                                                                                                                                      • …collapses and risks over 1,000 jobs
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Frasers Group acquires stake in Mulberry to ‘elevate’ its retail proposition
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Fenwick to rent out part of London flagship to provide a further stream of revenue
                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis trials augmented reality sofa
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Multi-channel strategy does the trick for Fortnum & Mason
                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                  • France: Bricomarché, Bricorama and Brico Cash sees revenues reach €3.59 billion in 2019
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Ryman and Robert Dyas sees profit rise in full-year results
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Wickes sales rise and owner Travis Perkins prepares for its departure
                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                            • …Christmas sales offset by downturn in mobile phone sales
                                                                                                                                                              • …reissues Christmas trading figures stating sales went down not up
                                                                                                                                                                • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Beter Beds bounces back after successful divestment of Matratzen Concord
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: DFS sees sales decline but expects a more positive outlook
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: IKEA
                                                                                                                                                                        • …expands home assembly service to more sites
                                                                                                                                                                          • …to close Coventry site risking 352 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ScS announces rise in festive sales and the retirement of CEO David Knight
                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Zooplus thanks loyal customers as it reports a 14% rise in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: An encouraging start to the New Year for Asos thanks to strong ‘customer momentum’
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boohoo US and Europe sales star performers during Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Engagement with Sosander’s product range contributes to a record Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Eve Sleep cuts losses and focuses on long-term profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: N Brown blames profit warning on ‘highly promotional market’
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Net-a-Porter expands sustainability offer
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …officially rebrands to The Very Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …The Very Group expands premium beauty offer to its flagship brand Very.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …celebrates a very merry Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: Colgate brings first recyclable toothpaste to Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Glossier’s London pop-up will be extended after successful reception from customers
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Next phase of Boots beauty reformation kicks off with launch of Huda Beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Online growth bolsters Christmas sales for The Fragrance Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Space NK profits down after store expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Christmas sales at WHSmith boosted by acquisitions from its travel division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Intu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …Lakeside boosts visitors moods with pop-up lighthouses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …seeks urgent cash injection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sells Spanish shopping centre for £245.15 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Pop-up retail property specialist Boxpark sees revenues rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Dobbies sales soar during 'strong' Christmas trading period
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hobbycraft Christmas sales grow as customers look for ‘greener’ ways to celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Entertainer set to tap into the Indian market with new partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dog-grooming services bolster Christmas sales for Pets at Home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Gear4Music celebrates growing Christmas profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retail sales for December up 3.4%

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