British sports chain JD Sports enjoyed an enormous increase in turnover last year: it increased by no less than 49.2% to 4.7 billion pounds (5.4 billion euros). Gross profit growth was slightly lower, but amounted to more than a quarter.
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During the first three months of 2019, German fashion web shop Zalando has exceeded expectations and expects to have made a profit after tightening its return policy.
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German fashion chain bonprix, part of the Otto Group, has seen its turnover increase for the tenth year in succession. Eastern Europe has been particularly good for the company. Bonprix is also optimistic for the coming year.
Levi Strauss, better known as Levi's, will be opening another 100 stores, mostly in Europe and China. The brand is doing extremely well and sold 7% more products in the past quarter.
Tesco breathes a sigh of relief as the British supermarket group is well underway towards reaching its transformation goals. Turnover and profits both increased in the past financial year.
Hema had a bumpy ride last year: comparable turnover dropped and losses increased due to the change in ownership. The department store chain is therefore making some bold choices: it's selling its bakeries and developing wholesale activities for the first time.
Hudson’s Bay considers the past quarter an improvement, even though turnover is still dropping. "We're a much stronger and more capable company than a year ago," the department store group believes. Nevertheless, HBC is still planning to close a number of stores to boost profits.
Some good news for H&M: the first quarter of 2019 saw far better profit results than expected. Margins are increasing again, as the Swedish fashion giant is no longer forced to offer so many discounts.
British DIY chain Kingfisher will be closing 34 outlets over the next two years, including eleven in France. The group is also looking for a new CEO to succeed Véronique Laury, who will be stepping down.
Dutch non-food discounter Action has achieved a 23 % sales growth last year, ending the year at 4.21 billion euros in sales. However, that was mostly done through opening new stores: comparable growth was 'only' 3.2 %.
Flash sales site Showroomprivé saw its losses decrease 17 % and turnover rise by 2 % in 2018, after a strong performance on its French home market.
Inditex, the holding company of Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear, has seen both its turnover and profit rise in 2018, as online sales went up and investments in technology were fruitful.
American shoe chain Foot Locker has seen its turnover rise 2 % to a record of almost 7 billion euros in 2018, which is more than analysts had expected. The biggest turnover growth was in existing stores, but still the chain has decided to close 165 stores this year.
Belgian fashion chain ZEB has announced a venture into a new market segment: with 'Zeb for Stars' the multi-brand retailer wants to expand into children's fashion and sees possibilities for up to twenty stores. .
After a turnover decrease in 2017, Danish toy manufacturer Lego saw its turnover and its profit improve once more in 2018, thanks to a double-digit growth in China.
French retail giant Carrefour has seen its comparable turnover grow 1.4 % in the past year, to 84.916 billion euros. Excluding non-recurring events (such as selling the Dia chain), net profits ended at 802 million euros (+ 3.75 %).