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European Retail Briefing - October 2013

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 examining the online clothing market and the main pureplayers.
  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies
  • An overview of the Spanish retail market and the main retailers competing for market share taken from our recently published European Retail Handbook.
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment

    • Clothing online – the battle of the pureplays
      • Revenues: Zalando closing in on Amazon
          • Figure 1: Europe: Selected pureplay retailers: clothing and footwear sales (excl. VAT), 2010-13
        • Online market size and market shares
          • Figure 2: Europe: Selected pureplay retailers: Share of all online clothing and footwear retail sales in Europe, 2012-13
        • National presence
          • Figure 3: Europe: Selected pureplay retailers: number of dedicated national websites, 2013
        • What we think
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2012-13
              • Figure 5: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2012-13
            • Inflation
              • Figure 6: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2012-13
              • Figure 7: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2012-13
          • European Retail Handbook: The Spanish Retail Scene

              • Spain in figures
                • Economy
                  • Figure 8: Spain: Gross domestic product, 2003-12
                  • Figure 9: Spain: Consumer prices, 2008-12
                  • Figure 10: Spain: Consumer expenditure, 2003-12
                  • Figure 11: Spain: Detailed breakdown of expenditure on consumer goods, 2006-10
                  • Figure 12: Spain: Retail sales, 2008-13
                  • Figure 13: Spain: Retail sales by type of retailer, 2008-13
                • Major retailers in Spain
                  • Figure 14: Major retailers in the Spanish market, 2012/13
              • Headlines for the Month

                • Grocers
                  • Clothing retailing
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY retailing
                        • Electrical retailing
                          • Furniture retailing
                            • Home shopping
                              • Books and stationery retailing
                                • Toys and games retailing
                                • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                  • Bakers
                                    • UK: Greggs sees demand pick-up
                                      • Co-ops
                                        • UK: Co-op to introduce student discount on food
                                          • UK: Midlands and Anglian Co-operatives to merge
                                            • Grocers
                                              • France: France begins review of Sunday trading rules
                                                • France: Leclerc begins selling optical products
                                                  • Netherlands: Jumbo set to expand
                                                    • Switzerland: Waitrose to begin supplying Manor
                                                      • UK: Aldi profits soar
                                                        • UK: Asda
                                                          • …stop sale of inappropriate costume
                                                            • …profits up in 2012
                                                              • UK: Iceland spend £7 million on new advertising
                                                                • UK: Lidl hires new operations director
                                                                  • UK: Morrisons
                                                                    • …posts half-year results
                                                                      • …to cut back on supermarket investment
                                                                        • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                          • …continues strong growth
                                                                            • …unveils new store format
                                                                              • UK: Tesco
                                                                                • …first-half profits fall 7.6%
                                                                                  • …hires Karen Dracou to multichannel team
                                                                                    • …launches Blinkbox ad campaign
                                                                                      • …launches event for start-ups
                                                                                        • …launches its Hudl tablet
                                                                                          • …launches new customer magazine
                                                                                            • …re-launches Finest range
                                                                                              • …sells Fresh & Easy to Yucaipa
                                                                                                • …Fresh & Easy eyes bankruptcy
                                                                                                  • UK: UK supermarkets face challenges from competitors
                                                                                                    • UK: Waitrose
                                                                                                      • …launches vulnerable people initiative
                                                                                                        • …to open second ‘dark’ store
                                                                                                          • Other food specialists
                                                                                                            • UK: Thorntons
                                                                                                              • …full-year profits rise
                                                                                                                • …sales increase
                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Non-food

                                                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                    • Europe: H&M like-for-likes down
                                                                                                                      • Europe: Inditex reveals flat EBITDA as stores grow
                                                                                                                        • France: Esprit posts first annual loss
                                                                                                                          • Italy: Prada sales hit by slowdown in China
                                                                                                                            • UK: Burberry set to open first store in Scotland
                                                                                                                              • UK: David’s Bridal opens in the UK
                                                                                                                                • UK: French Connection narrows losses
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Go Outdoors enters deal to invest in growth
                                                                                                                                    • UK: J Crew opens first UK store
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                                                                        • …names new chief executive
                                                                                                                                          • …to open Christmas pop-ups
                                                                                                                                            • UK: Jacques Vert to launch cross-brand marketing campaign
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jaeger cuts trading losses in the year
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Kathmandu launches ad campaign as part of rebrand
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Laura Ashley has challenging first half
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Longchamp opens its biggest store on Regent Street
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: LVMH buys stake in Nicholas Kirkwood
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Matalan’s Sporting Pro launches website
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Moss Bros
                                                                                                                                                            • …profits up
                                                                                                                                                              • …to launch online overseas
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Next first-half profits rise 8.2%
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Primark
                                                                                                                                                                    • …plans launch of giant store
                                                                                                                                                                      • …to end online trial
                                                                                                                                                                        • …to open pop-up onesie shop
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: River Island profits up
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Ted Baker sees sales surge
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Topshop
                                                                                                                                                                                • …plans international expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …to collaborate with Kate Moss
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Home Bargains to open new stores
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Poundland sees profit and sales jump
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Wilkinson restructures management
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Home Retail Group releases second quarter data
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Marks & Spencer launches design studio
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Marks & Spencer suffers setbacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Austria: Rene Benko takes stake in Karstadt
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Ireland: Brown Thomas to launch online
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Spain: El Corte Inglés offers Click & Car service
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Bhs launches new TV ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …200th anniversary collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …gains market share in online sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harrods preparing for store overhaul
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …looking towards Flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …records flat EBITDA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees sales and profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to hire 2,000 Christmas temps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …labels electricity costs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …launches loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: OFT accuses retailers of price fixing bras
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Hornbach interested in Praktiker and Max Bahr locations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kingfisher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …directors leave Hornbach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …sees profits fall 1.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topps Tiles expects rise in profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Darty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …begins installing click and collect lockers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …sales fall in its first quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Dixons confirms sale of Pixmania
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • France: Fnac expands loyalty programme in partnership with American Express
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ireland: Carphone Warehouse and Harvey Norman in partnership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Carphone Warehouse invests in sales process
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Carpetright sees chief executive exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Belgium: Ikea opens stores in Belgium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: DFS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …considers £1 billion flotation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …flotation dismissed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ikea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to sell solar panels
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Gillian Drakeford aiming to double market share
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …reports jump in pre-tax profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …sees like-for-likes fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to launch first TV advert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lakeland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …plans to launch in India and the Far East
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …sees profits fall after heavy investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Europe: Amazon plans logistics centres for Eastern Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • France: Vente-privee launches mobile application
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Poland: Amazon to open Polish distribution centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …opens “fulfilment centres”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …to launch set-top box
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ao.com launches same day delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Asda launches online delivery deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Asos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …director James Hart resigns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …hires former Amazon director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to beat profit forecasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Boden sees profits rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Findel’s first-half sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: EBay sellers to offer collection at Argos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: JML to launch TV shopping channel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mobile devices account for all online sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: N Brown Group records sales growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Ocado sees surge in third quarter sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Photobox full-year EBITDA jumps 19%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Shop Direct hires first customer director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Hut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …prepares for £350 million listing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …records profit growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Alliance Boots management reshuffle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: The Perfume Shop offers 90-minute delivery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Books and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: French move to protect independent bookstores from online sellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: The Works sees profits decline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: WHSmith reveals profits above expectations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: JD Sports sees profits soar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Reebok opens first UK store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …announces record breaking year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …Dave Forsey sells shares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sweaty Betty sees web sales climb
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Louis Delhaize sells garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Vision Express acquires 20:20 Optical Store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • France: Toys ’R’ Us opens its first store in central Paris
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Hobbycraft sees sales rise following investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Shopping centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Croydon Village Outlet closes due to overwhelming crowds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: August footfall drops 0.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Government to introduce plastic bag charge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Net store closures fall 78%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Retailers to launch mobile payment in 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: September sees weak UK retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Strong sales growth continues

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