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European Retail Briefing - May 2012

European Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, European Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific European retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the European retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • European retailers adjusting to the multichannel world
      • Multichannel innovations
        • Rates of online purchasing
          • Figure 1: Percentage of all individuals purchasing online in the past 12 months, 2007-11
          • Figure 2: Percentage of all individuals purchasing online in the past three months, 2007-11
        • National differences
          • Sector opportunities
            • What does this mean?
            • Retail Sales Review

              • Key points
                • France
                  • Figure 3: France: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 4: France: Inflation, 2011-12 (% change on year)
                • Germany
                  • Figure 5: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 6: Germany: Inflation, 2011-12(% change on year)
                • Italy
                  • Figure 7: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 8: Italy: Inflation, 2011-12 (% change on year)
                • Netherlands
                  • Figure 9: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 10: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2011-12 (% change on year)
                • Spain
                  • Figure 11: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 12: Spain: Inflation, 2011-12
                • UK
                  • Figure 13: UK: Retail sales trends, 2011-12
                • Inflation
                  • Figure 14: UK: Annual percentage change in Consumer Price Index for selected product groups, 2011-12
              • Headlines for the month

                • Grocers
                  • Clothing
                    • Multi-sector retailing
                      • Department stores
                        • Electrical goods retailing
                          • Music and video goods retailing
                            • Carpet retailing
                              • Furniture retailing
                                • Homewares retailing
                                  • Home shopping
                                    • Health and beauty retailing
                                      • Books and stationery
                                      • News Analysis

                                        • Grocers
                                          • Belgium: Delhaize reports losses in first quarter
                                            • France: Carrefour
                                              • …plans an organic food store in Paris
                                                • …reports weak first quarter
                                                  • France: Casino first quarter growth fuelled by international sales
                                                    • France: Intermarche gets approval for Altis stores
                                                      • Germany: Edeka to expand after strong full year
                                                        • Hungary: Auchan receives EC clearance for Magyar Hipermarket deal
                                                          • Netherlands: Ahold acquisition of bol.com approved
                                                            • Norway: ICA streamlines Norwegian operations
                                                              • Russian Federation: Magnit sees sales surge
                                                                • Russian Federation: Rewe wins approval for Citistores
                                                                  • Russian Federation: X5 Retail Group sales growth slower than expected
                                                                    • UK: Asda
                                                                      • …considers Walmart 'pay cash' launch
                                                                        • …launches new in-store stocking tactic and contactless payment
                                                                          • UK: Iceland launches money-off coupon offer
                                                                            • UK: Morrisons reports first quarter like-for-likes up
                                                                              • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                • …enters online music service battle
                                                                                  • …sees profits rise
                                                                                    • …to buy 18 Total petrol stations
                                                                                      • UK: Tesco
                                                                                        • …begins rivalry with Amazon as Clarke to unveil strategy this week
                                                                                          • …group media director exits
                                                                                            • …introduces £10 off voucher
                                                                                              • …invest £1bn to overcome UK sales drop
                                                                                                • …overhauls Clubcard scheme and trials electronic shelf pricing
                                                                                                  • …reviews advertising account
                                                                                                    • …to focus on smaller store formats
                                                                                                      • …turnaround already facing problems with credit rating downgrade
                                                                                                        • UK: The Co-operative trials contactless payment
                                                                                                          • UK: The People's Supermarket sees losses narrow
                                                                                                            • UK: Waitrose launches brand price match initiative
                                                                                                              • Food specialists
                                                                                                                • UK: Thorntons gets Easter like-for-like boost
                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                    • France: LVMH reports rising sales in first quarter
                                                                                                                      • France: PPR reports revenues up in first quarter
                                                                                                                        • Russian Federation: Bosco plans European expansion
                                                                                                                          • Sweden: H&M reports like-for-likes rise in March
                                                                                                                            • UK: Ann Summers launches new store format
                                                                                                                              • UK: Aquascutum
                                                                                                                                • …attracts 10 potential bidders
                                                                                                                                  • …attracts interest
                                                                                                                                    • …nears administration
                                                                                                                                      • …supplier prepares bid
                                                                                                                                        • …to be bought by YGM
                                                                                                                                          • …to close Corby plant
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Arcadia appoints new chief operating officer
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Aurora’s non-executive president steps down
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Bonmarché to launch collect-from-store service
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Burberry
                                                                                                                                                    • …expansion plans after sales growth slows
                                                                                                                                                      • …reports rising half year sales
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Burton extends overseas reach with international shipping
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Forever 21 to expand Oxford Street flagship
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: French Connection plans to sell stores
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: H&M to open in Aylesbury
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Hobbs considers sale and appoints PwC
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Irisa and Jacques Vert make redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Jaeger
                                                                                                                                                                      • …acquired by Better Capital
                                                                                                                                                                        • …hires Better Capital to focus on the customer experience
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: New Look
                                                                                                                                                                            • …close to deal on debt terms
                                                                                                                                                                              • …plans store revamp and online business growth
                                                                                                                                                                                • …to roll out new store concept
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Next sales rise in first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Nougat to launch Project 40
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Oasis to welcome Frock and Frill concession
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Opening Ceremony to open in London
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Pretty Green partners with Universal to open virtual pop-up record stores
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Primark celebrates profit increase
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: River Island to introduce external womenswear brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: SuperGroup
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …issues surprise profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales boosted, but like-for-likes are disappointing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Temperley launches Somerset Collection in partnership with John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topman to launch premium suiting collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Uniqlo
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …hunts for flagship store in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports £9.7m losses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Vivienne Westwood ends franchise partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Wonderbra launches ecommerce site
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Shoon bought buy existing management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: TOMS opens pop-up shop in Covent Garden
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail Group posts profits fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Metro reports wider loss in first quarter results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Spain: Metro plans restructure of Makro operations in Spain and Portugal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launch clothing recycling programme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales hit by shortage of best-selling stock
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Miscellaneous specialists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Halfords plans £6m growth investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Mothercare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …plans to exit a further 110 UK stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …new boss to drive online growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …finance director resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Robert Dyas eyed by R Capital
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland opens 400th store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to widen revenue stream with advert selling scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …under review
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …first half pre-tax profit better than expected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to open new store in Edinburgh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …adds London Olympic shops to stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …considers move into China
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …launches branded broadband service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …provides virtual fashion experience
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …revamped beauty hall set to launch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Liberty to open pop-up shop in Westfield Stratford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Selfridges prepares to extend flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Carphone Warehouse reports weak fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dixons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …reports like-for-like sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …Travel outlets open at East Midlands and Gatwick North airports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …website crashes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Everything Everywhere plan to close 31 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Music and video goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Game's Iberian business bought by OpCapita
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: HMV
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …gains market share following strong quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …issues another profit warning but hopes Game demise with help profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Allied Carpets acquired in pre-pack administration deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carpetright suffering decline in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Ikea to launch consumer electronics with China venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Europe: Muji sets to expand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm reports rising like-for-like sales but remains cautious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Neckermann moves to online only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Achica breaks even and aims for growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Amazon launches publishing venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Asos reports rising sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: eBay Fashion launches colour matching app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Flying Brands to sell garden business as losses continue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JML shopping programme to debut on ITV1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: My-Wardrobe launches the Shoe Library
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: N Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …reports "robust" results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch click-and-collect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Nelly.com launches in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Shop Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …outsources customer service operations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …to cut 50 head office positions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …refreshed and extends pharmacy services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to close 160 photo labs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Feelunique.com celebrates 120% increase in EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Lush reports falling profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Clinton Cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …delays strategic review release
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to collapse today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: WH Smith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch 100 Kobo mini-stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …reports 3% rise in profit but like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Russian Federation: Bosco plans European expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Blacks chief executive to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: JD Sports
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …profits down due to Black acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …seeks new acquisitions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: North Face fined £2.8m for price-fixing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sees rising spring sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …starts pricing war with JJB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Toys R Us prepares for £400m debt restructure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Asda Income Tracker: tightest spending since November 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BRC: April showers lead to sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Capital Shopping Centres sees decrease in footfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Government turns down permanently relaxed Sunday trading hours proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kantar: Waitrose and discounters gain share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Land Securities to introduce wi-fi to all shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: March retail sales boosted by warmer weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Online sales rise driven by mobile devices
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Inflation rise driven by food and clothing in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …Retail sales rise in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Retail administrations up 15% in Q1 on 2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Retail employment up 0.4%, driven by food retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Scottish retail sales up 1.8% in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Shop price inflation falls to 1.3% as commodity prices fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: UK in double-dip recession
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY Retailing in Europe – Group Adeo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 15: Groupe Adeo: Sales as share of DIY retailers’ sales in Europe, 2006-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Strategic evaluation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 16: Groupe Adeo: Turnover in France as share of total group sales, 2006-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 17: Groupe Adeo: Sales performance, 2006-10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 18: Groupe Adeo: Estimated European sales performance, 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Figure 19: Groupe Adeo: Outlet data, 2006-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Retail offering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • e-commerce and home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 20: Overview of Groupe Adeo’s transactional websites, 2011

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