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The European retail briefing provides commentary, data and news analysis from across Europe ensuring that you keep in contact with the latest retail news.

In this report we include:

  • An analyst comment looking at the beleaguered Dutch retail sector, which looks to be turning a corner.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of Marks & Spencer. This is taken from our recently published Department Stores - Europe report.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

What's included

What's included

Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Dutch malaise may be drawing to a close
      • What we’ve seen
        • 2013 was weak
          • Figure 1: The Netherlands: Year-on-year growth in retail sales, selected major sectors, current prices, 2013
        • 2014 should be better
          • Figure 2: The Netherlands: Consumer confidence levels, May 2013-May 2014
        • Looking ahead
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 6: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Footwear retailing
                  • Multi-sector retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Home shopping
                          • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                            • Co-ops
                              • UK: Co-op
                                • …reveal results of a ‘disastrous’ year
                                  • …to lower prices on essential items
                                    • …to sell its British Farms
                                      • Convenience stores
                                        • UK: Nisa to trial new franchise strategy
                                          • Grocers
                                            • Belgium: Delhaize Group report 2.8% rise in sales in Q1
                                              • Denmark: Dansk Supermarked to launch e-receipts
                                                • France: Auchan to face legal action over the Rana Plaza collapse
                                                  • France: Carrefour
                                                    • …Q1 sales
                                                      • …to raise CEO age barrier
                                                        • France: Dia could sell French operations
                                                          • Germany: Edeka sales up 3.1% in 2013
                                                            • Germany: Kaiser’s Tengelmann to close stores
                                                              • Germany: Kaufland to invest in East German operations
                                                                • Germany: Schwarz Group revenue up 10% in 2013
                                                                  • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins sales rise 5.6% in Q1
                                                                    • Russian Federation: Dixy sales up 4% in Q1
                                                                      • Russian Federation: Magnit sales up 25% in Q1
                                                                        • Spain: DIA introduce share incentive plan
                                                                          • Spain: Eroski open new fresh produce logistics centre
                                                                            • Spain: Profits rise 4% for El Corte Inglés’ supermarkets
                                                                              • UK: Asda begins same day click and collect
                                                                                • UK: Grocery market growth hits 11 year low
                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                                    • …sales fall 4.2% in first quarter
                                                                                      • …reduces prices across the board as it seeks to regain momentum
                                                                                        • …to extend online service to London
                                                                                          • UK: Sainsbury’s sales rise 2.8%
                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                              • …full year profits down
                                                                                                • …to expand its non-core offering
                                                                                                  • …slashes prices
                                                                                                    • …to launch own-brand smartphone
                                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                        • …sales up 6.5% in Q1
                                                                                                          • …to launch Saturday morning cookery show
                                                                                                            • Specialist food shops
                                                                                                              • UK: Greggs sales up 4% in Q1
                                                                                                                • UK: Thorntons sales fall 7.6% in Q3
                                                                                                                  • Off-licences
                                                                                                                    • UK: Conviviality to acquire rival
                                                                                                                      • UK: Oddbins plans rapid expansion under new ownership
                                                                                                                      • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                        • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                          • France: Hermès sales rise 14.7% in Q1
                                                                                                                            • France: Primark opens second store in Paris
                                                                                                                              • Germany: Strenesse files for insolvency
                                                                                                                                • Italy: Benetton sales fall 10%
                                                                                                                                  • Italy: Prada warns growth in 2014 will be ‘single-digit’
                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M announce Alexander Wang collaboration
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Bershka looks to offload flagship
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Blue Inc chairman stands down
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bonmarché sales up 10.4%
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry revenue up 19%
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Fat Face confirms London listing
                                                                                                                                                • UK: French Connection sales up 11%
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lord Wolfson giving away his £4m bonus
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Whistles to launch debut menswear collection
                                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Macintosh Retail Group sales up 3.8% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kurt Geiger completes management buyout
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Shoe Zone to float within the next month
                                                                                                                                                              • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Action to expand in German and French markets
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: B&M Bargains to refinance £585m of loans
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland sales up 13.3%
                                                                                                                                                                      • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                        • Finland: Stockman Group sales fall 7.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Argos to launch new ‘digital’ store in Manchester
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail sales climb 3% to £5.66 billion
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: M&S Q4 results
                                                                                                                                                                                • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Ireland: The Weston Group await decision on Arnotts bid
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Latvia: Debenhams enters Latvian market
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams sales up 1.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                          • …chairman to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                            • …sales up 3.6%
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …Sanpower confirms House of Fraser deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: John Lewis to launch first range of smart TVs
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Selfridges Birmingham to be redeveloped
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Austria: bauMax to reduce store numbers
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sweden: Clas Ohlson to open first store outside Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Travis Perkins sales up 15.6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Samsung opens first stand-alone stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Media-Saturn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …CEO resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to refocus around online channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: BrightHouse chairman to step down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Carphone Warehouse sales increase 2.3% in the fourth quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fast Retailing considering Cath Kidston bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Finland: sales up 6% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: QVC to expand into France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Zalando revenue up 35% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Germany: Further strikes at Amazon Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: announces 40% growth in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Amazon and Twitter launch digital shopping partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Barratts re-launches with new website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Marks and Spencer targeting improved online profitability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown reports operating profits up 4.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sit-Up falls into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WHSmith
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open further retail franchises
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …first half pre-tax profit up, like-for-like sales down
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: JD Sports reports 5.7% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales up 10.3% in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch selling on credit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Bids for Kiddicare expected by the end of April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mothercare Q4 sales dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Retail sales fall in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Department Stores Europe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Marks & Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Where next?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 7: Marks & Spencer, UK like-for-like growth, 2012/13, 2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 8: Marks & Spencer: Group financial performance, 2008/09-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 9: Marks & Spencer store portfolio, September 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 10: Marks & Spencer: Estimated sales area breakdown, September 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Figure 11: Marks & Spencer: Outlet data, 2008/09-2013/14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Retail offering

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