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European retailers are flocking to list in 2014, but traditional high-street chains have been replaced by the online, discount and convenience players that are shaking up shopping.
*Germany's Zalando, France's Cdiscount still to decide on IPO. "There is definitely a degree of optimism that hasn't been seen for some time," said Kate Ball-Dodd, a partner at law firm Mayer Brown who advises companies listing in London.
Retail stocks in the U.K. have seen a spike in short-selling since the start of the year, according to financial research firm Markit.
Asos will look to other global economies after launching a Chinese-language website, Nick Robertson, CEO of the online retailer told CNBC.
European shares pared gains but closed higher on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve surprised markets by opting to maintain its $85 billion-per-month asset purchases.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday, mirroring losses in U.S. markets.
U.S. stock index futures were higher Wednesday, looking to bounce back after major averages slumped 1 percent in the previous session, as Europe markets gained and Asia markets trimmed earlier losses.
European shares pared their earlier gains to close narrowly mixed Wednesday as investors watched to see if Russia will extend or increase its loan agreement for struggling Cyprus.
European shares closed higher on Thursday afternoon after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data.
Hedge funds are betting that a prolonged consumer squeeze and a further shift to online shopping could spell trouble for Britain's retail chains.
European shares closed higher on Tuesday after a survey showed a sharp improvement in German investor and analyst sentiment.