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European Retail Briefing - May 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on ICA partnering with Ocado
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales 
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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  1. Analyst Comment – ICA partners with Ocado

    • Third major deal
      • Market leader in Sweden
        • Figure 1: ICA group, 2017
      • Late in
        • Time to put it on a sound footing
          • Protecting the relationship with its store owners
            • Where next?
              • Win Win
              • European Retail Sales

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

                  • Belgium: Ahold Delhaize creates craft beer for charity
                    • France: Crayola and ASOS to offer makeup range
                      • Netherlands: Albert Heijn trials app to calculate ideal in-store shopping route
                        • Switzerland: Migros launches collaborative delivery by customers
                          • UK: H&M to collaborate with MOSCHINO
                            • UK: Iceland launches first online store in China on JD.com
                            • Headlines for the Month

                              • Food and Drink
                                • Clothing and Footwear
                                  • Home and Household Goods
                                    • Online
                                      • Other retailing
                                        • Economy
                                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                          • Austria: Interspar introduces reusable fruit and vegetable bags
                                            • Belgium: Colruyt starts five year anti-littering campaign
                                              • Finland: S Group to install solar panels on 40 stores
                                                • France: Carrefour…
                                                  • …and Systéme U enter purchasing agreement to help French agriculture
                                                    • …opens ‘pedestrian drive’ outlets in Paris
                                                      • …sales edge up in Q1
                                                        • France: Groupe Casino sales up thanks to hypermarkets in Q1
                                                          • France: Intermarché pilots delivery by customers
                                                            • Germany: Metro downgrades profit expectations for the year
                                                              • Germany: Penny to make frozen food packaging more sustainable
                                                                • Germany: REWE Group revenue rises as profit falls by a quarter in 2017
                                                                  • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize sales up 2.5% in Q1
                                                                    • Portugal: Continente turns end of shelf life bananas into cake
                                                                      • Portugal: Jerónimo Martins sales up in Q1 thanks to strong demand in Poland
                                                                        • Spain: Carrefour introduces insect-based food
                                                                          • Spain: Mercadona replaces plastic shopping bags with paper ones
                                                                            • Sweden: ICA Gruppen sales up 5.8% in Q1
                                                                              • Switzerland: Lidl starts to sell cannabis as law changes
                                                                                • UK: Co-op…
                                                                                  • …launches new mobile site to help staff manage shifts online
                                                                                    • …takeover of Nisa given green light by watchdog
                                                                                      • …trials robot delivery in Milton Keynes
                                                                                        • UK: Holland & Barrett sales rise as profits fall over 2017
                                                                                          • UK: Greggs sales up but outlook remains cautious
                                                                                            • UK: Iceland to cut palm oil from all own-brand products
                                                                                              • UK: Majestic Wine accelerates growth plans
                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer…
                                                                                                  • …launches new in-store marketing campaign
                                                                                                    • …to close Warrington distribution centre
                                                                                                      • UK: Merchant Gourmet launches pop-up in Waitrose store
                                                                                                        • UK: Morrisons sales up 3.6% in Q1
                                                                                                          • UK: Nisa…
                                                                                                            • …former Tesco boss becomes new Nisa CEO
                                                                                                              • …sales up thanks to store acquisitions from Palmer & Harvey
                                                                                                                • UK: Sainsbury’s…
                                                                                                                  • …drops project to halve household food waste
                                                                                                                    • …offers ‘touch-free’ meat packaging
                                                                                                                      • …sales up 9% in 2017
                                                                                                                        • …trials London delivery with electric cargo bikes
                                                                                                                          • …and Asda propose merger
                                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco…
                                                                                                                              • …launches smaller wine bottles aimed at millennials
                                                                                                                                • …produces juices made from ‘wonky’ produce
                                                                                                                                  • …profits soar in 2017
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Waitrose to remove all disposable coffee cups by autumn 2018
                                                                                                                                    • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                                      • France: Gucci drives strong Kering Q1 sales
                                                                                                                                        • Germany: Hugo Boss sales up in Q1
                                                                                                                                          • UK: American Apparel to relaunch in the UK
                                                                                                                                            • UK: app for recycling unwanted clothes in exchange for discounts launches
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Bench calls in administrators
                                                                                                                                                • UK: boohoo profit up 40% over 2017 as revenue soars
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bonmarché store sales fall as online rises in 2017
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Burberry to examine fur policy
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: East to cease trading in May after failing to find a buyer
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: French Connection to sell Toast brand
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jacques Vert and Precis owner set to appoint administrators
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: JD Sports…
                                                                                                                                                              • …opens store in airport
                                                                                                                                                                • …sales and profits soar over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Mothercare sales fall as footfall suffers in Q4
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown…
                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales edge up as profit falls in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                        • …to stock Quiz range
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: new concept store to support emerging designers opens in London
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: New Look sees credit insurance cut
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Next first quarter sales rise 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Primark profits hold firm as like-for-likes fall in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Quiz…
                                                                                                                                                                                    • …expands into menswear
                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sales grow 30% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: River Island to launch an online third-party brand store
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Select opts for CVA and says no stores will be closed
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Simply Be unveils customer rewards scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Yours Clothing revenue rises 22% over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Home and Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carpetright…
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …creditors approve CVA and close 81 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …issues profit warning and shareholders approve CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …to close 92 stores as part of proposed CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …hedge fund doubles Carpetright stake ahead of CVA vote
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Tapi in talks to buy Carpetright stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Finland: Kesko sales down but profits up in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Mr Bricolage sales hit by bad weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Bunnings UK sales fall 13.5% in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …former Comet owner targets Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sale advertised with gift to entice bidders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Travis Perkins sales up in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Fnac Darty sales edge up in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Spain: MediaMarkt rolls out 1,900 pick-up points in collaboration with Seur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Alex Baldock enacts changes at the top of Dixons Carphone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jessops launches new store format
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Mike Ashley now GAME’s largest single shareholder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dunelm revenue rises in Q3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: House opens first three stores in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Zalando revenue rises in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ASOS…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …sales up 27% as it passes one billion site visits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …to launch own-brand homewares range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: click-and-collect company Doddle launches Facebook chatbot for returns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Kleeneze enters administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ocado partners with Swedish grocer ICA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Swoon…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches pop-up shop amid brand overhaul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sales grow 83% in 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retailing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory profits down over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Waterstones sold to Elliott Advisors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WH Smith sales remain flat despite strong travel performance in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …suffers severe profit loss of 85% over first half year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to offer a global money transfer service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harrods inaugurates its first luxury charity shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …drafts in KPMG to help with restructuring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …to close stores as part of CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …to launch premium Chinese brands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis runs year-long start-up incubator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Selfridges launches first cinema advertising campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Garden retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Carol Paris receives backing to set up new garden centre group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Cherry Lane acquires David’s Nurseries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: FeelUnique introduces pre-orders for cult beauty products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Fragrance Shop sales increase 6% over 2017
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Luxury retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: LVMH retailer revenue grows 9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: Gucci drives strong Kering Q1 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Italy: Richemont completes takeover of Yoox Net-A-Porter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Italy: Yoox Net-A-Porter adds jewellery platform to site ahead of Richemont takeover
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Mixed goods retailers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Tofs to close stores as part of turnaround plan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Argos adds 150 new tech roles in London and Milton Keynes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Poundworld considers closing up to 100 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pet product retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Love My Human opens first physical store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Hammerson…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …rejects latest Klepierre takeover offer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …withdraws Intu takeover bid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Smyths Toys acquires German Toys R Us business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: April retail sales fall 3.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: footfall at lowest levels since end of 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: grocery regulator gives tentative green light to Sainsbury’s/Asda merger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: March retail sales up despite poor weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: shop prices fall in April

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