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European Retail Briefing - October 2014

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

An analyst comment looking at whether pureplay retailers should open stores.

In this report we include:

  • An overview of the the latest European retail sales data across the five Major European economies.
  • A profile of H&M Hennes & Mauritz
  • Monthly headlines and retail news analysis across Europe.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst Comment – Should Pureplays Open Stores?

    • What we’ve seen
      • Is there scope for stores?
        • So what can we expect from Amazon?
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
            • Retail sales
              • Figure 1: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales value growth, 2013-14
              • Figure 2: Major European economies: Year on year retail sales volume growth, 2013-14
            • Inflation
              • Figure 3: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2013-14
              • Figure 4: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2013-14
          • Headlines for the Month

            • Grocers
              • Clothing retailing
                • Department stores
                  • Electrical retailing
                    • Furniture retailing
                      • Home shopping
                        • Music, game and video retailing
                        • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                          • Grocers
                            • Austria: Lidl invests in modernising Austrian stores
                              • Belgium: Colruyt Group
                                • Belgium: Delhaize announces partnership with Coopernic
                                  • Denmark: Metro Cash and Carry to exit Denmark
                                    • France: Auchan announces purchasing agreement with Système U
                                      • France: E.Leclerc to invest €1.2bn to counteract financial crisis
                                        • France: Intermarché and Casino Group partner to purchase brands
                                          • Germany: Edeka to buy Kaiser’s Tengelmann stores
                                            • Germany: FrischeParadies to launch online
                                              • Ireland: Spar ups Irish expansion
                                                • Italy: Carrefour opens its first ‘gourmet’ market store in Italy
                                                  • Netherlands: Lidl commences online operations in the Netherlands
                                                    • Norway: Coop acquires ICA’s Norwegian business
                                                      • Spain: Eroski
                                                        • UK: Aldi
                                                          • UK: Booths to launch nationwide delivery
                                                            • UK: Costcutter acquires 20% stake in Simply Fresh
                                                              • UK: Morrisons
                                                                • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                  • UK: Sports Direct to invest £43m into Tesco
                                                                    • UK: Tesco
                                                                      • UK: Waitrose has launched dedicated pet website
                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                          • UK: Greggs like-for-like sales grow 5.4% in Q3
                                                                            • UK: Holland & Barrett
                                                                              • UK: Thorntons profits grow 60.4%
                                                                                • UK: Whittard of Chelsea profits increase 43%
                                                                                • News Analysis – Non-Food

                                                                                  • Clothing retailing
                                                                                    • Belgium: Kipling unveils new loyalty scheme
                                                                                      • Denmark: Bestseller’s Mamalicious to introduce childrenswear
                                                                                        • Europe: Esprit sales fall but returns to profitability
                                                                                          • Finland: Marks and Spencer to launch in Scandinavia
                                                                                            • Germany: French Connection to open company-owned German store
                                                                                              • Ireland: Penneys to launch beauty bar
                                                                                                • Spain: El Corte Inglés CEO dies
                                                                                                  • Spain: Inditex sales grow but profits slip in the first half of the year
                                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M sales grow 21% in Q3
                                                                                                      • UK: Bonmarché launches menswear trial
                                                                                                        • UK: Calzedonia ventures out from London
                                                                                                          • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquires Internaçionale assets
                                                                                                            • UK: Forever 21 makes £18.4m loss in the UK
                                                                                                              • UK: French Connection
                                                                                                                • UK: Jack Wills plans Asian expansion
                                                                                                                  • UK: Moss Bros like-for-like sales up 6.4%
                                                                                                                    • UK: Mothercare to inject £100m into new store designs and brands
                                                                                                                      • UK: N Brown sales down 0.6%
                                                                                                                        • UK: New Look appoints new non-executive chairman
                                                                                                                          • UK: Phase Eight put up for sale
                                                                                                                            • UK: River Island invests in multichannel offering
                                                                                                                              • UK: Ted Baker profits increase 24.2%
                                                                                                                                • UK: Topman to launch Google+ Hangouts
                                                                                                                                  • UK: Topshop and ShangPin join for mobile marketing initiative
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Zara’s UK profits fall by 34.5%
                                                                                                                                      • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Clarks to open first dedicated men’s store
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Jimmy Choo to launch IPO in October
                                                                                                                                            • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                              • UK: 99p Stores launch 99p a week broadband internet service
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Argos
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Home Retail announce ‘good’ first half results
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Marks and Spencer launches ‘M&S Baby’ format
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next sales jump 10.3% in the first six months of 2014
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Next Q3 sales hit by warm weather
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Oliver Bonas profits decline 14%
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: WorldStores acquires Kiddicare
                                                                                                                                                              • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Karstadt announce rehabilitation plans
                                                                                                                                                                  • Netherlands: Hema makes a loss of €30.1m
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Beales sales drop in Q3 as stores close
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Debenhams launches Mothercare and Monsoon in store
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges forecasts 20% sales lift from Birmingham menswear
                                                                                                                                                                              • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Media-Markt to open first click-and-collect drive through service
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Jessops returns to profit
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Belgium: Ikea to invest €15m in Belgian store
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Europe: Kingfisher sales grow 0.9% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: DFS to launch its first international store
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Dreams reports EBITDA loss of £3.7m
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Dunelm
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Lakeland profits halve to £3m following heavy investment
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Topps Tiles reports pre-tax profit rises of 30%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • France: L’Oréal plans to launch 200 branded websites
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Germany: Amazon
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Germany: Ao World to debut in Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Rocket Internet to launch IPO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Zalando launches on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: ASOS sales grow 27%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: sales jump 31% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Burberry and Twitter test ‘buy’ button
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Jaeger introduces new ecommerce strategy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: John Lewis creates new role of online product director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Land Securities announces two new click-and-collect hubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: sales increase 68%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: MySale revenues grow 23.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Shop Direct announces new website Very Exclusive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Smiggle to launch UK standalone transactional website
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Co-operative Group completes Pharmacy sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Lloydspharmacy sales up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Decathlon wants to open small stores and click-and-collect points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Halfords to re-launch Cycle Republic stores in London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: JD Sports sales grow 27% in the first half
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Music, game and video retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • France: Darty sales grow 5.9% in Q1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Spain: Gamestop to exit the Spanish market
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: HMV makes £16.7m operating profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Tesco to sell Blinkbox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mobile phone retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Dixons Carphone to take on 800 Phones 4u staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Phones 4u
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Vodafone acquires 140 Phones 4u stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Toy retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: The Toy Store signs lease for Oxford Street shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Card retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Card Factory sales jump 8.9% in the first half of the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Economy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Retail price deflation increases to 1.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Retail sales grow 3.7% year-on-year in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • H&M Hennes & Mauritz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What we think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Guest-designer collaborations enhance fashion credentials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Net new 375 stores planned for 2014
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Online shop expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Broadening product range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Taking on board ethical issues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Company background
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Company performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 5: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Percentage share of net sales by region, 2011/12-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 6: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Group financial performance, 2008/9-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Figure 7: H&M Hennes & Mauritz: Outlet data, 2008/9-2012/13
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Retail offering

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