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European Retail Briefing - October 2019

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on How food discounters are tapping into convenience
  • An overview of the latest European Retail sales
  • Highlights of the latest Retail trend observations across Europe
  • Monthly headlines and retail news across Europe

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  1. Analyst Comment – How the food discounters are tapping into convenience

      • What we’ve seen
        • What each of the UK food discounters is doing to drive convenience
          • Figure 1: Jack's Smart Shop app
        • Lidl introduces SCAN&SHOP and opens smallest store
          • Aldi adapts to China market with WeChat social media platform
            • Figure 2: WeChat Mini Program
          • What it means
          • European Retail Sales

            • Key points
                • Figure 3: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2018-19
                • Figure 4: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2018-19
              • Inflation
                • Figure 5: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2018-19
                • Figure 6: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2018-19
            • Launch Activity and Innovations

              • Belgium: Carrefour reopens Evere hypermarket with new bio zone and cafe concepts
                • France: Carrefour opens ‘clean’ cosmetics store in Paris
                  • Spain: Zalando opens up pop-up with virtual fitting rooms
                    • Sweden: H&M to sell third-party brands
                    • Headlines for the Month

                      • Convenience stores
                        • Grocers
                          • Clothing
                            • Mixed goods
                              • Furniture
                                • Online shopping
                                  • Health & beauty
                                  • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                    • Co-ops
                                      • UK: Co-op Food
                                        • …posts rising profits
                                          • …launches gym made from recycled knives
                                            • Convenience stores
                                              • Netherlands: SPAR International expands store presence
                                                • Grocers
                                                  • Belgium: Aldi
                                                    • …launches new Emoji loyalty scheme
                                                      • …Emoji albums a success
                                                        • Belgium: Bio Market The Barn opens in Ixelles
                                                          • Belgium: Jumbo expands in Belgium
                                                            • France: Auchan expands in Portugal and Poland
                                                              • France: French supermarkets are now opening on Sundays without employees
                                                                • Germany: Casino sells subsidiary Leader Price to Aldi
                                                                  • Germany: Edeka increasing Netto online offer
                                                                    • Germany: Kaufland expands into Moldova
                                                                      • Hungary: Spar Hungary opens new supermarket in Budapest
                                                                        • Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize expands digital customer experience in stores in new partnership
                                                                          • Netherlands: Albert Heijn launches new smartphone-based payment for home deliveries
                                                                            • Netherlands: Aldi Netherlands launches eco-friendly clothing made from plastic bottles
                                                                              • Spain: DIA posts a net loss of €418 million in H1 results
                                                                                • Spain: Eroski posts 2% increase in sales
                                                                                  • Sweden: Coop reopens acquired Netto stores
                                                                                    • UK: Aldi outlines expansion plans after ‘record’ sales
                                                                                      • UK: Asda
                                                                                        • …entire own-brand fresh ready meals to be served in fully recyclable packaging
                                                                                          • …revenue growth and profit pick-up in FY 2018
                                                                                            • UK: Booths posts 0.5% rise in revenue to £259.3 million
                                                                                              • UK: Iceland launches plastic-free Christmas range
                                                                                                • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                                                  • …eggs go 100% free-range
                                                                                                    • …posts positive Q2 results
                                                                                                      • …Nectar scheme goes digital
                                                                                                        • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                          • …launches its own-label plant-based products
                                                                                                            • …CEO Dave Lewis departs as the retailer posts its interim results
                                                                                                              • …replaces Jack’s trial store with own supermarket instead
                                                                                                                • …reportedly considering sale of struggling Polish business
                                                                                                                  • UK: Waitrose ends partnership with Today Development Partners
                                                                                                                    • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                      • UK: Greggs posts a 12.4% rise in sales for Q3
                                                                                                                        • UK: Hotel Chocolat
                                                                                                                          • …launches standalone beauty store
                                                                                                                            • …full-year profits climb by 11%
                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Clothing and Footwear

                                                                                                                              • France: Gap closes 8 stores in France
                                                                                                                                • France: Paco Rabanne debuts menswear in Paris
                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Zara opens its biggest click & collect in Hamburg
                                                                                                                                    • Netherlands: Dutch clothing chain terStal increases turnover to €66.3 million
                                                                                                                                      • Netherlands: Esprit forced to close five stores in Limburg and Brabant
                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Italian fashion brand Intimissimi and Calzedonia to open new stores
                                                                                                                                          • Netherlands: Zeeman shutters stores
                                                                                                                                            • Sweden: H&M
                                                                                                                                              • …sees its net sales grow 12%
                                                                                                                                                • …launches music partnership as part of new loyalty scheme
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Belstaff opens flagship on Regent Street
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Forever 21 pulls out of Japan
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: French Connection cuts losses in its H1 results
                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Government unveils temporary tariffs on clothing products in the event of no-deal Brexit
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Mamas & Papas drafts in Deloitte advisers to explore sale
                                                                                                                                                            • UK: M&Co profits fall in full-year results
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Miss Selfridge reports £17.5 million loss
                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Monsoon Accessorize proceeds with CVA as landlord drops legal challenge
                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Moss Bros posts flat H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: New Look like-for-like sales and revenue drop
                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Next H1 results see 2.7% rise in profit
                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Oasis and Warehouse
                                                                                                                                                                          • …acquire The Idle Man
                                                                                                                                                                            • …posts 6.5% rise in sales
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Primark plans to roll out food and drink formats
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: River Island posts 3% decrease in revenue as cost pressures amount
                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Stance open flagship on Carnaby Street
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sweaty Betty turnover hits £56.6 million
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ted Baker posts 2.5% fall in group retail sales
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Topshop and Topman sees £500m loss
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Footwear
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Foot Locker to open new regional flagship store in Manchester
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Office confirms no major financial restructuring is being considered as it secures £32.5m
                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis - Mixed Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Hema
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts 3.5% increase in Q2 sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …trials self-scanning in store
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Poundland ventures into frozen food
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Multi-sector
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Finland: Kesko launches carbon footprint calculator
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …and Infarm bring urban farming to London stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …relaunches Per Una
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches ‘Autism Hour’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …secures £50 million in funding to trade over Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …wins court battle and continues its CVA implementation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fortnum & Mason new confectionery department
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Harrods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …launches skincare emporium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …posts its full-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …outlines future partnership with Waitrose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …John Lewis Partnership sees losses reach £25.9 million in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …threatens to withhold 20% of service charge from landlords in efforts to cut back costs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Selfridges
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …posts a 6% rise in full-year sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • …to open cinema at London flagship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • DIY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Kingfisher posts declining half-year profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Topps Tiles preliminary full-year results rise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone invests £4 million into new learning and development centre in Birmingham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Vodafone extends franchise operations to empty stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Denmark: Jysk sees record turnover of €2.35 billion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • France: IKEA opens its largest French store in Lyon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Owner Cafom puts Habitat up for sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: DFS profits rise 31.1%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Made.com considers furniture rental service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: ScS posts positive profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Homewares
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Dunelm sales rise 5.8%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Amazon to open 11 distribution centres in Germany
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: German meal delivery company Marley Spoon expands to Denmark
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: AmazonFresh launches on-demand delivery in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Angling Direct posts profit rise in H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Boohoo posts 83% rise in profit in H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Deliveroo sales rise but losses widen to £232 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Depop reveals expansion plans
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Eve Sleep issues profit warning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Farfetch teams up with second-hand clothing platform Thrift+
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ideal Shopping Direct posts £5 million profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: N Brown returns to profit but sales down 5.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Ocado
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …posts 11.4% rise in revenue for Q3 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …completes deal of twin investment into vertical farming venture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Perfumery chain Douglas sees 5.1% revenue growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Italy: L'Oréal launches It Cosmetics range in Italy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Luxembourg: Cosmetics retailer Bogart group acquires 18 stores in Luxembourg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Spain: DIA posts a net loss of €418 million in H1 results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Body shop launches first concept store on Bond Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Perfume shop launches first concept store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Book and stationery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Card Factory posts 7.9% profit decline in half-year results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Clinton owners calls in KPMG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sports and leisure goods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: JD Sports posts 46.9% increase in group sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Sports Direct
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …launches official bid for Goals Soccer Centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • …closes more Jack Wills Stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • …reportedly close House of Fraser stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Beaverbrooks sales increase 2.9%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Links of London goes into administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Miscellaneous specialist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • France: Dutch opticians discounter Eyelove enters France
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Hobbycraft posts 9% uplift in like-for-like sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BRC figures for September see retail sales fall by 1.7%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: ONS August results reveal a 2.8% increase in all retail sales

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