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European Retail Briefing Market Report

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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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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>

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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 – Budni ventures outside of Hamburg

      • What we’ve seen
        • From Hamburg to Berlin
          • Figure 1: Budnikowsky store finder, September 2018
          • Figure 2: Budni Berlin, external view, September 2018
          • Figure 3: Budni Berlin, internal view, September 2018
        • Entering a crowded market
          • Figure 4: Local competition around the Schönhauser Allee, September 2018
          • Figure 5: Dm drogerie markt, Schönhauser Allee, September 2018
        • A sector enjoying steady growth
          • Figure 6: Health and Beauty specialists, sales (excl. VAT), 2013-18
        • But these are challenging times
          • Figure 7: Leading health & beauty specialists, sales (excl. VAT), 2017
        • What it means
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
              • Figure 8: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
              • Figure 9: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
            • Inflation
              • Figure 10: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2017-18
              • Figure 11: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2017-18
          • Launch Activity and Innovations

            • Belgium: Delhaize first Belgian retailer to introduce Nutri-Score food label
              • Sweden: ICA launches new service to help customer’s lower carbon footprint
                • Denmark: Bauhaus trials electronic shelf label project in Denmark
                  • Belgium: Blokker launches temporary outlet formula Black Blokker in Belgium
                  • Headlines for the Month

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

                                  • Convenience stores
                                    • France: Carrefour appoints new executive director for convenience stores
                                      • UK: McColl’s Q3 like-for-like sales down 0.9%
                                        • Grocers
                                          • Greece: SPAR International to open 80 stores in Greece
                                            • Netherlands: Coop begins its conversion of Emté stores
                                              • Netherlands: Dutch grocer Jumbo takes over Smulweb
                                                • Netherlands: Intergamma appoints new CFO and COO
                                                  • Poland: SPAR Poland sees 15% increase in turnover in first half
                                                    • Russia: Russian retailer Lenta opens new supermarket
                                                      • UK: Iceland to take over 19 Poundworld stores
                                                        • UK: Aldi promotes communications boss to new role of group director
                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                            • …axes price guarantee
                                                              • …reports fifth consecutive quarter of sales growth
                                                                • UK: Jamie Oliver to join Tesco to help encourage healthy eating for customers
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                    • …Asda merger given green light by major shareholder
                                                                      • …CMA investigation into Sainsbury’s Asda merger officially launches
                                                                        • …300 stores could be shut in Sainsbury’s Asda merger
                                                                          • …piloting till-free mobile payments
                                                                            • UK: SPAR UK launches nationwide Sparbecue campaign
                                                                            • News Analysis – Clothing retailing

                                                                              • France: Lanvin acquires new CEO from rival Sandro
                                                                                • Spain: Mango annual sales decline
                                                                                  • UK: Boux Avenue launches activewear range
                                                                                    • UK: Burberry to stop destroying unsaleable products and impose fur ban
                                                                                      • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill pulls all House of Fraser concessions
                                                                                        • UK: Fat Face reports 7.4% rise in sales in its full year
                                                                                          • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                            • …enlists retail expert Rob Templeman
                                                                                              • …founder Peter Williams leaves
                                                                                                • UK: Luke 1977 to open Cheltenham store
                                                                                                  • UK: Major fire destroys Primark’s flagship Belfast store
                                                                                                    • UK: Next opens on its largest UK stores at Intu Merry Hill
                                                                                                      • UK: Quiz clothing hit by £400,000 House of Fraser debt repayment
                                                                                                        • UK: River Island launching homeware collection
                                                                                                          • UK: Saltrock acquired by Crew clothing
                                                                                                            • UK: Topshop announces next designer collaboration
                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                • UK: Footasylum warns on profit
                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Mixed goods

                                                                                                                  • UK: Neil Feakins hired as Wilko’s new customer insight and data director
                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                      • …launches own-brand skincare range
                                                                                                                        • …like-for-likes grow despite trouble at parent company
                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundworld brand could be saved
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                            • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                              • …hire Jeremy Pee for newly created digital role
                                                                                                                                • …implemented latest round of store closures
                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                      • …appoints Rachel Osborne as new CFO
                                                                                                                                        • …launches rebrand in an attempt to modernize
                                                                                                                                          • …shares rise following Mike Ashley’s House of Fraser deal
                                                                                                                                            • …to roll out Doddle click and collect points
                                                                                                                                              • …up to 90 redundancies to be made across Debenhams fashion and homewares division
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Fenwick cut 408 jobs
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ex-Booths CEO hired as Harrods new food and home director
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harvey Nichols rebrands as Holly Nichols for September
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                        • …bought by Sports Direct for £90m
                                                                                                                                                          • …cancels all online orders
                                                                                                                                                            • …Oxford Street store saved from closure
                                                                                                                                                              • …website offline following warehouse dispute
                                                                                                                                                                • …collapse expected to cost Mulberry £3 million
                                                                                                                                                                  • …property plan details revealed
                                                                                                                                                                    • …Mike Ashley to keep 80% of House of Fraser department stores open
                                                                                                                                                                      • …The Gym Group to snap up empty House of Fraser stores
                                                                                                                                                                        • …reaches deal with warehouse operator XPO
                                                                                                                                                                          • …warehouses close again
                                                                                                                                                                            • …XPO warehouses re-open
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                • …cuts 270 jobs as it undergoes rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …may take £50 million hit to profits after cutting prices this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Castorama sales down 4.1% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Intergamma appoints new CFO and COO
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&Q like-for-like growth up 3.6% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …confirms intention to shut 42 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …11,000 jobs at risk as Homebase votes on CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …42 Homebase stores to shut as CVA approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …landlords in discussion regarding legal action over CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Amazon eyes Homebase stores to boost delivery business
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for-like revenue flat
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: GAME Digital reports small dip in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Steinhoff sell its German furniture chain POCO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sofology launches £22 million CGI ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harveys launches first ever celebrity partnership with Louise Redknapp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Laura Ashley total like-for-like retail sales down 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Belgium: Blokker expands with baby equipment and scratch cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fearne Cotton to launch collaboration with Cath Kidston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Belgium: Belgium foam rubber manufacturer Recticel to sell its own mattresses online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Moonpig owner acquires Dutch rival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon under fire for next day delivery claim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Argos launches Google voice shopping service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: swings to profit despite sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Cotswold Company appoints former HMV CEO Ian Topping as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Hut Group valuation hits £4bn with plans for another acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Douglas completes acquisition of Parfumdreams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: L'Oreal buys organic Logocos Naturkosmetik company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Superdrug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …targeted by hackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …botox and cosmetic procedures to be available in Superdrug stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Office Outlet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …announces CVA proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …CVA is approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Waterstones buys rival bookstore Foyles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WHSmith travel arm drives full-year performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct shareholders advise to vote against Mike Ashley at AGM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Robin Phillips appointed CEO at Watch Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wyevale sells another four of its garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: French optician to launch in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges opens largest eyewear department in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Six Toys R Us stores expected to go for £40 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Away opening first international store at Seven Dials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halford sales rise following summer boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …September Indian Summer could cost retail £320 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …August retail sales increase driven by groceries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …shop prices rise for the first time in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: CMA launch investigation into social media influencers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: July retail sales up by 5.5%