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European Retail Briefing - September 2009

European Retail Briefing is a monthly briefing providing news and analysis that includes company results, store openings, cross-border moves, M & A activities, executive changes and property developments. Additionally each month, European Retail Briefing focuses on a key issue or specific European retail sector. The month's retail news is then analysed sector by sector, making this an invaluable resource for all with an interest in the European retail industry.

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Table of contents

  1. Analyst’s Comment

    • New law caps grocers’ expansion in Russia
      • New law limits growth
        • Early reactions negative
          • Not all bad news
            • For now – uncertainty
            • Headlines for the Month

              • Food retailers
                • Clothing retailers
                  • Multi-sector
                    • Department stores
                      • DIY
                        • Electricals
                          • Furniture retailing
                            • Health and beauty
                              • Miscellaneous
                              • Retail Sales Review

                                  • France
                                    • Figure 1: France: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 2: France: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Germany
                                    • Figure 3: Germany: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 4: Germany: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Italy
                                    • Figure 5: Italy: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 6: Italy: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Netherlands
                                    • Figure 7: The Netherlands: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 8: The Netherlands: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • Spain
                                    • Figure 9: Spain: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 10: Spain: Inflation, 2008-09
                                  • UK
                                    • Figure 11: Retail sales trends, 2008-09
                                  • Inflation
                                    • Figure 12: UK: Annual percentage change in Retail Price Index for selected product groups, 2008-09
                                • European Retail: Background

                                    • Figure 13: Europe: Population, by country, 2008
                                    • Figure 14: Europe: GDP, by country and per capita, 2008
                                    • Figure 15: Europe: Consumer expenditure, by country and per capita, 2008
                                    • Figure 16: Europe: Retail sales, by country and per capita, 2008
                                • Retailing in the Netherlands

                                    • The Dutch retail scene
                                      • The Netherlands in figures
                                        • Population
                                          • Figure 17: The Netherlands: Population trends, 2005-09
                                          • Figure 18: The Netherlands: Population, by age group, 2008 and 2009
                                          • Figure 19: The Netherlands: Households, January 2008
                                        • Economy
                                          • Figure 20: The Netherlands: Gross domestic product, 1999-2009
                                          • Figure 21: The Netherlands: Consumer prices, 2003-08
                                          • Figure 22: The Netherlands: Consumer expenditure, 1999-2008
                                        • Dutch retailing in figures
                                          • Figure 23: The Netherlands: Retail sales, 2004-09
                                          • Figure 24: The Netherlands: Breakdown of retail sales, by type of retailer, 2004-08
                                          • Figure 25: The Netherlands: Retail enterprises, 2003-07
                                          • Figure 26: The Netherlands: Outlet numbers, 2004-08
                                          • Figure 27: The Netherlands: Retail employment, 2004-08
                                          • Figure 28: The Netherlands: Retail employment, by type of retailer, 2006-08
                                      • News Analysis

                                        • Bakers (retail)
                                          • UK: Greggs enjoys profit increase
                                            • UK: Thorntons’ FY profits down 4.5%
                                              • Co-ops (retail)
                                                • UK: Co-op launches legal service ad campaign
                                                  • Grocers
                                                    • Estonia: Comarket rebrands as ABC Supermarkets
                                                      • France: Auchan
                                                        • … signs €800 million financing deal
                                                          • … sees H1 profit dip 17.8%
                                                            • France: Carrefour
                                                              • … posts H1 loss
                                                                • … Carrefour enters Iran
                                                                  • … in Russian expansion drive
                                                                    • France: Casino H1 profit up 0.8%
                                                                      • Germany: Aldi appoints new UK boss
                                                                        • Germany: Tengelmann reports FY results
                                                                          • Lithuania: Maxima sales fall 9.2%
                                                                            • Netherlands: Ahold profits plummet 42%
                                                                              • Norway: Reitan posts sales increase
                                                                                • Russian Federation: Lenta founder sells 35% stake to TPG and VTB
                                                                                  • Russian Federation: Magnit enjoys H1 profit boost
                                                                                    • Russian Federation: Seventh Continent H1 profit halves
                                                                                      • Russian Federation: X5 Q2 profit up 87%
                                                                                        • Slovenia: Mercator H1 profit halves
                                                                                          • Sweden: ICA and Apoteket plan link-up
                                                                                            • Turkey: BIM posts solid H1 results
                                                                                              • UK: Asda
                                                                                                • … posts strong Q2 sales
                                                                                                  • … branches into life insurance market with LV
                                                                                                    • UK: Sainsbury's
                                                                                                      • … opens largest Northern Irish store
                                                                                                        • … announces Scottish expansion plans
                                                                                                          • … to triple games marketing budget
                                                                                                            • UK: Tesco
                                                                                                              • … sets up weather team
                                                                                                                • … seals partnership with Fortis
                                                                                                                  • UK: Morrisons H1 profits soar 45%
                                                                                                                    • Off-licences
                                                                                                                      • UK: Majestic Wine halves minimum bottle purchase
                                                                                                                        • Other food specialists
                                                                                                                          • UK: Holland & Barrett receives approval for Julian Graves takeover
                                                                                                                            • Clothing retailing
                                                                                                                              • Denmark: IC Companys sees FY sales dip 4%
                                                                                                                                • Germany: Escada to file for insolvency
                                                                                                                                  • Spain: Inditex receives approval for Indian joint venture
                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: H&M suffers LFLs dip
                                                                                                                                      • UK: Adams appoints new chief
                                                                                                                                        • UK: Ann Summers hires new marketing manager
                                                                                                                                          • UK: Ben Sherman Losses widen
                                                                                                                                            • UK: High & Mighty sold to N Brown
                                                                                                                                              • UK: Jaeger completes Aquascutum purchase
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Alexon to relaunch Ann Harvey
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Matalan to create 1,800 jobs
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Mackays sees profit fall
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Primark expects FY LFLs up 7%
                                                                                                                                                        • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Bolliger to retire from Clarks chief executive role
                                                                                                                                                            • Mixed goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wilkinson posts record FY sales
                                                                                                                                                                • Multi-sector retailing
                                                                                                                                                                  • Finland: Kesko eyes Russian market
                                                                                                                                                                    • Germany: Arcandor
                                                                                                                                                                      • … abandons hope of anchor investor
                                                                                                                                                                        • … divisions could remain operational
                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: HMV posts results, buys 7Digital stake
                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Home Retail posts better-than-expected Q2 results
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Laura Ashley H1 sales up 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: M&S starts search for new chief
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams demands improved terms from suppliers
                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Fenwick posts solid FY results
                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Harrods sees FY sales rise 9%
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: House of Fraser sees profits soar 16% in H1
                                                                                                                                                                                            • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Kingfisher rushed to reveal H1 profits after data leak
                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Focus saved from administration
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Robert Dyas names new chairman, concludes debt deal
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Poland: DSG denies Electro World sale
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Russian Federation: M.Video H1 profit slumps 15%
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: DSGi sales down 6%
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Kesa group saled dip despite rise at Comet
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Carpet retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Allied Carpets announces redundancies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sweden: Ikea to resume Russian expansion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Home shopping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Findel fundraising receives strong backing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Littlewoods launches in Europe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Moonpig doubles profits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Health and beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Celesio profit edges up in Q2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Germany: Douglas Holding records Q3 loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Poland: Torfarm H1 profit up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Switzerland: Galenica buys OM Pharma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Lloyds Pharmacy to provide high street healthcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Sports Direct ups profit forecast as sales jump
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Signet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • … suffers Q2 LFLs drop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • … Q2 profit jumps thanks to cost cuts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Theo Fennell swings to £3.3 million FY loss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Hamleys FY losses mount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Economic news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Europe: Euro retail sales down in July
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Ireland: Irish retail sales revive in June
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Retail sales “continue to rise”, says BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: ONS: 24% of retailers did not pass on VAT cut
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: London retail sales up in July, says BRC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: CBI: Retail sales dip in August
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: BRC reports dip in August retail LFLs

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