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European Retail Briefing - May 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing contains:

  • Analyst Comment - Retailers face up to the fashion industry's returns problem
  • 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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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Retailers face up to the fashion industry's returns problem

      • What we've seen
        • ASOS and Zalando look to reduce misuse of returns
          • Figure 1: ASOS Customer Email, 30th March 2019
        • Consumer research highlights the extent of the problem
          • The rise in online purchasing is exacerbating the issue
            • Using innovation to reduce consumer returns
              • What it means
              • European Retail Sales

                • Key points
                    • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2018-19
                    • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2018-19
                  • Inflation
                    • Figure 4: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2018-19
                    • Figure 5: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2018-19
                • Launch Activity and Innovations

                  • France: Auchan trials new store without staff
                    • France: Carrefour testing discount hypermarket format
                      • Germany: Lidl tests loyalty app in Germany
                        • France: Fnac Darty to expand into well-being category
                        • Headlines for the Month

                          • Grocers
                            • Clothing retailing
                              • Electrical retailing
                                • Home Shopping
                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                  • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                    • Grocers
                                      • France: Carrefour
                                        • …investing in store digitization
                                          • …performs better than expected in first quarter
                                            • France: Casino expands partnership with Amazon
                                              • Germany: Edeka
                                                • …announces plans to improve its operations in several areas
                                                  • …FY2018 sales reach €53 billion
                                                    • …to expand its organic range
                                                      • Italy: Despar to continue expansion in 2019
                                                        • Italy: Lidl Italia opens store complete with an urban garden in Turin
                                                          • UK: Morrisons
                                                            • …Q1 like-for-like sales up by 2.3%
                                                              • …Ocado and Morrisons agree to suspend capacity at Erith CFC
                                                                • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                  • …CMA blocks proposed Sainsbury's-Asda merger
                                                                    • …profits challenged by Asda merger blow
                                                                      • …to start using the Evie electric van for grocery deliveries
                                                                        • …opens first checkout-free grocery store in London
                                                                          • …British Land sells 12 Sainsbury’s stores for £429 million
                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                              • …posts increase in full-year profits
                                                                                • …to offer 50% discounts for birthday loyalty scheme
                                                                                  • …to sell Jack's products to compete with discounters
                                                                                    • …urges online sales tax to fund business rates cut
                                                                                      • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                        • …brings pineberries back to its shelves
                                                                                          • …launches gin tasting experience
                                                                                            • …launching premium frozen food range
                                                                                              • UK: Walmart mulls Asda sale after failed Sainsbury's merger
                                                                                                • Off-licences
                                                                                                  • UK: Majestic Wine to sell up to 200 sites
                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                    • Germany: Bonprix see its turnover increase for the tenth consecutive year
                                                                                                      • Italy: Benetton to open a number of new stores in Italy this year
                                                                                                        • UK: Arcadia set for crunch CVA meeting
                                                                                                          • UK: Bonmarché says Philip Day takeover offer undervalues the business
                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry abandons plans for Leeds manufacturing site
                                                                                                              • UK: H&M collaborates with Netflix on Stranger Things range
                                                                                                                • UK: Hugo Boss Q1 profits drop but sales forecast remains optimistic
                                                                                                                  • UK: Instagram fashion star set to open pop-up store in Belgravia
                                                                                                                    • UK: Monsoon & Accessorize potentially on the verge of launching a CVA
                                                                                                                      • UK: New Look finishes debt restructure
                                                                                                                        • UK: Next sales up 4.5% during its first quarter
                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundland to extend its Pep&Co clothing range
                                                                                                                            • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                              • …considering click and collect service
                                                                                                                                • …opens its biggest store to date in Birmingham
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Quiz revenue increases by 12% but falls short of expectations
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Select officially enters administration
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Superdry issues another profit warning
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ted Baker appoints former retail HR director to board
                                                                                                                                          • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                            • UK: LK Bennett to close 15 stores under new ownership
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topshop unveils 100% vegan shoe line
                                                                                                                                                • Department Stores
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Bennetts department store saved from collapse
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                      • …CEO to stand down
                                                                                                                                                        • …22 stores due for closure
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser is to turn up to seven stores into a new luxury mini-chain
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis dominates customer satisfaction awards
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                • …palm oil free ahead of target
                                                                                                                                                                  • …promotes Alannah Weston to chair of the department store group
                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Homebase narrows half-year losses as turnaround bears fruit
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Travis Perkins reports encouraging sales growth at Wickes and Toolstation
                                                                                                                                                                          • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Ceconomy to undergo a restructuring to cut costs
                                                                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Carpetright reports trading in line with expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: IKEA appoints new UK & Ireland boss
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: H&M opens homewares concept store H&M Home in London
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Laura Ashley issues second profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Zalando
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …profits benefit from new returns policy
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …reports strong revenue growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Angling Direct like-for-like sales up 28.5%
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches AR visual tool
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …opens first self-service digital store
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Boohoo hails excellent full year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Gymshark's new funding round to value it at £500 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: launches tech innovation lab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: N Brown profits grow despite a slip in sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct's transfer deal to safeguard 200 jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Card Factory reports fall in profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Works reports 13.2% increase in full year revenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: WHSmith profits fall amid InMotion acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Boots teams up with Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: The Hut Group acquires Eclectic Hotel Group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Europe: Asics European sales dip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Berghaus commits major investment to its new product and innovation team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Cotswold Outdoor owner launches CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Sports Direct closes Wigan warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wyevale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces changes to its loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …sells 31 garden centres to Dobbies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Coal Drops Yard to welcome new brands this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Intu
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …hit by store slump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …piloting in-store cashback app
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sells 50% stake in Derby shopping centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: March retail sales up by 4.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail footfall rises in March
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail sales ‘below’ expectation for April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Total retail advertising spend fell in 2018

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