European Retail Correspondent, Zurich
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Nov 5, 2014
Nov 4, 2014
Nov 4, 2014

Hugo Boss shares slide on lower forecasts as economy slows

BERLIN (Reuters) – German fashion house Hugo Boss (BOSSn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) trimmed its 2014 sales and profit forecasts on Tuesday due to a slowing European economy after it reported weaker-than-expected third-quarter profits.

Hugo Boss said it now expected sales to grow 6-8 percent in 2014, after accounting for currency changes, while operating profit should rise 5-7 percent. It had previously forecast a high single-digit percentage rise for both measures.

Oct 21, 2014
Oct 21, 2014
Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014

France shows UK grocers how to beat discounters at own game

PARIS/BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – The success of French
retailers in stopping the advance of discounters in the last
five years shows a way out of the crisis embroiling Britain’s
“big four” grocers. Their simple formula: fewer complex
promotions and big price cuts across the board.

In Britain, Tesco, Wal-Mart’s Asda,
Sainsbury and Morrison are all losing shoppers
to discounters Aldi and Lidl, which have
grown market share to over 8 percent from 5 percent in 2012.

Oct 20, 2014

Adidas shares jump on report of bid for Reebok unit

BERLIN (Reuters) – Shares in German sportswear firm Adidas AG jumped on Monday after the Wall Street Journal reported that an investor group that includes Jynwel Capital and funds affiliated with the Abu Dhabi government planned a $2.2 billion bid to buy Reebok.

Jynwel Capital, a Hong Kong-based private equity investment and advisory firm run by Jho Low, and the Abu Dhabi government-affiliated funds planned to make the offer imminently in a letter to Adidas directors, the Journal reported, citing unnamed sources close to the matter.

Oct 20, 2014
Oct 20, 2014

Metro eyes better Christmas as consumer electronics turns corner

BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) – German retailer Metro AG
said on Monday it was “optimistic” ahead of the
crucial Christmas period, after posting improved sales at its
struggling consumer electronics unit for the first time in over
two years.

Group sales rose a like-for-like 0.7 percent to 15.1 billion
euros ($19.3 billion) in the final quarter of its 2013/14 fiscal
year, due to gains across its business – from cash-and-carry
stores to Real hypermarkets and Kaufhof department stores. That
was at the bottom end of forecasts, but the first rise across
all units in almost four years.