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European Retail Briefing - September 2018

This month's European Retail Briefing includes:

  • Analyst Comment on Budni venturing outside of Hamburg
  • 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 – Budni ventures outside of Hamburg

      • What we’ve seen
        • From Hamburg to Berlin
          • Figure 1: Budnikowsky store finder, September 2018
          • Figure 2: Budni Berlin, external view, September 2018
          • Figure 3: Budni Berlin, internal view, September 2018
        • Entering a crowded market
          • Figure 4: Local competition around the Schönhauser Allee, September 2018
          • Figure 5: Dm drogerie markt, Schönhauser Allee, September 2018
        • A sector enjoying steady growth
          • Figure 6: Health and Beauty specialists, sales (excl. VAT), 2013-18
        • But these are challenging times
          • Figure 7: Leading health & beauty specialists, sales (excl. VAT), 2017
        • What it means
        • European Retail Sales

          • Key points
              • Figure 8: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales value growth, 2017-18
              • Figure 9: Major European economies: Year-on-year retail sales volume growth, 2017-18
            • Inflation
              • Figure 10: Major European economies: All items CPI, 2017-18
              • Figure 11: Major European economies: Food price inflation, 2017-18
          • Launch Activity and Innovations

            • Belgium: Delhaize first Belgian retailer to introduce Nutri-Score food label
              • Sweden: ICA launches new service to help customer’s lower carbon footprint
                • Denmark: Bauhaus trials electronic shelf label project in Denmark
                  • Belgium: Blokker launches temporary outlet formula Black Blokker in Belgium
                  • Headlines for the Month

                    • Convenience stores
                      • Grocers
                        • Clothing retailing
                          • DIY retailing
                            • Furniture retailing
                              • Home shopping
                                • Health & beauty retailing
                                • News Analysis – Food and Drink

                                  • Convenience stores
                                    • France: Carrefour appoints new executive director for convenience stores
                                      • UK: McColl’s Q3 like-for-like sales down 0.9%
                                        • Grocers
                                          • Greece: SPAR International to open 80 stores in Greece
                                            • Netherlands: Coop begins its conversion of Emté stores
                                              • Netherlands: Dutch grocer Jumbo takes over Smulweb
                                                • Netherlands: Intergamma appoints new CFO and COO
                                                  • Poland: SPAR Poland sees 15% increase in turnover in first half
                                                    • Russia: Russian retailer Lenta opens new supermarket
                                                      • UK: Iceland to take over 19 Poundworld stores
                                                        • UK: Aldi promotes communications boss to new role of group director
                                                          • UK: Asda
                                                            • …axes price guarantee
                                                              • …reports fifth consecutive quarter of sales growth
                                                                • UK: Jamie Oliver to join Tesco to help encourage healthy eating for customers
                                                                  • UK: Sainsbury’s
                                                                    • …Asda merger given green light by major shareholder
                                                                      • …CMA investigation into Sainsbury’s Asda merger officially launches
                                                                        • …300 stores could be shut in Sainsbury’s Asda merger
                                                                          • …piloting till-free mobile payments
                                                                            • UK: SPAR UK launches nationwide Sparbecue campaign
                                                                            • News Analysis – Clothing retailing

                                                                              • France: Lanvin acquires new CEO from rival Sandro
                                                                                • Spain: Mango annual sales decline
                                                                                  • UK: Boux Avenue launches activewear range
                                                                                    • UK: Burberry to stop destroying unsaleable products and impose fur ban
                                                                                      • UK: Edinburgh Woollen Mill pulls all House of Fraser concessions
                                                                                        • UK: Fat Face reports 7.4% rise in sales in its full year
                                                                                          • UK: Jack Wills
                                                                                            • …enlists retail expert Rob Templeman
                                                                                              • …founder Peter Williams leaves
                                                                                                • UK: Luke 1977 to open Cheltenham store
                                                                                                  • UK: Major fire destroys Primark’s flagship Belfast store
                                                                                                    • UK: Next opens on its largest UK stores at Intu Merry Hill
                                                                                                      • UK: Quiz clothing hit by £400,000 House of Fraser debt repayment
                                                                                                        • UK: River Island launching homeware collection
                                                                                                          • UK: Saltrock acquired by Crew clothing
                                                                                                            • UK: Topshop announces next designer collaboration
                                                                                                              • Footwear retailing
                                                                                                                • UK: Footasylum warns on profit
                                                                                                                • News Analysis – Mixed goods

                                                                                                                  • UK: Neil Feakins hired as Wilko’s new customer insight and data director
                                                                                                                    • UK: Poundland
                                                                                                                      • …launches own-brand skincare range
                                                                                                                        • …like-for-likes grow despite trouble at parent company
                                                                                                                          • UK: Poundworld brand could be saved
                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Multi-sector

                                                                                                                            • UK: M&S
                                                                                                                              • …hire Jeremy Pee for newly created digital role
                                                                                                                                • …implemented latest round of store closures
                                                                                                                                  • Department stores
                                                                                                                                    • UK: Debenhams
                                                                                                                                      • …appoints Rachel Osborne as new CFO
                                                                                                                                        • …launches rebrand in an attempt to modernize
                                                                                                                                          • …shares rise following Mike Ashley’s House of Fraser deal
                                                                                                                                            • …to roll out Doddle click and collect points
                                                                                                                                              • …up to 90 redundancies to be made across Debenhams fashion and homewares division
                                                                                                                                                • UK: Fenwick cut 408 jobs
                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Ex-Booths CEO hired as Harrods new food and home director
                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harvey Nichols rebrands as Holly Nichols for September
                                                                                                                                                      • UK: House of Fraser
                                                                                                                                                        • …bought by Sports Direct for £90m
                                                                                                                                                          • …cancels all online orders
                                                                                                                                                            • …Oxford Street store saved from closure
                                                                                                                                                              • …website offline following warehouse dispute
                                                                                                                                                                • …collapse expected to cost Mulberry £3 million
                                                                                                                                                                  • …property plan details revealed
                                                                                                                                                                    • …Mike Ashley to keep 80% of House of Fraser department stores open
                                                                                                                                                                      • …The Gym Group to snap up empty House of Fraser stores
                                                                                                                                                                        • …reaches deal with warehouse operator XPO
                                                                                                                                                                          • …warehouses close again
                                                                                                                                                                            • …XPO warehouses re-open
                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                • …cuts 270 jobs as it undergoes rebrand
                                                                                                                                                                                  • …may take £50 million hit to profits after cutting prices this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                  • News Analysis – Household Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                    • DIY retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                      • France: Castorama sales down 4.1% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Netherlands: Intergamma appoints new CFO and COO
                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: B&Q like-for-like growth up 3.6% in second quarter
                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Homebase
                                                                                                                                                                                              • …confirms intention to shut 42 stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                • …11,000 jobs at risk as Homebase votes on CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …42 Homebase stores to shut as CVA approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …landlords in discussion regarding legal action over CVA
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …Amazon eyes Homebase stores to boost delivery business
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Electrical retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Dixons Carphone like-for-like revenue flat
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: GAME Digital reports small dip in revenues
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Furniture retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: Steinhoff sell its German furniture chain POCO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Sofology launches £22 million CGI ad campaign
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Harveys launches first ever celebrity partnership with Louise Redknapp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Laura Ashley total like-for-like retail sales down 0.4%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Homewares retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Belgium: Blokker expands with baby equipment and scratch cards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Fearne Cotton to launch collaboration with Cath Kidston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • News Analysis – Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Belgium: Belgium foam rubber manufacturer Recticel to sell its own mattresses online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Netherlands: Moonpig owner acquires Dutch rival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Amazon under fire for next day delivery claim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Argos launches Google voice shopping service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Notonthehighstreet.com swings to profit despite sales fall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: The Cotswold Company appoints former HMV CEO Ian Topping as chairman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: The Hut Group valuation hits £4bn with plans for another acquisition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • News Analysis – Other Retail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health & beauty retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Germany: Douglas completes acquisition of Parfumdreams
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Germany: L'Oreal buys organic Logocos Naturkosmetik company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: Superdrug
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …targeted by hackers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …botox and cosmetic procedures to be available in Superdrug stores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Book and stationery retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Office Outlet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • …announces CVA proposal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • …CVA is approved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: Waterstones buys rival bookstore Foyles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: WHSmith travel arm drives full-year performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sports and leisure goods retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • UK: Sports Direct shareholders advise to vote against Mike Ashley at AGM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jewellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: Robin Phillips appointed CEO at Watch Shop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Wyevale sells another four of its garden centres
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Opticians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • UK: French optician to launch in the UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • UK: Selfridges opens largest eyewear department in UK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Toys and games retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: Six Toys R Us stores expected to go for £40 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Miscellaneous specialist retailing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • UK: Away opening first international store at Seven Dials
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • UK: Halford sales rise following summer boost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • News Analysis – Economy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • UK: British Retail Consortium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • …September Indian Summer could cost retail £320 million
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • …August retail sales increase driven by groceries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • …shop prices rise for the first time in five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • UK: CMA launch investigation into social media influencers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • UK: July retail sales up by 5.5%

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