Hypermarkets and supermarkets news

27 September 2013
Belgium-based Delhaize Group has introduced a new banner into Romania – AB Cool Food – which exclusively sells frozen foods, with the opening of the store in Bucharest. Range made up only of imported brands The banner’s range is made up solely of private label products from Delhaize and Casino, which are merchandised alongside imported brands, meaning that out of the 600 products on sale, non...
26 September 2013
Scotmid has announced a dip in sales of 0.6% for the 26 weeks to 27 July 2013. Weather impacts trading The prolonged period of bad weather at the start of the year, coupled with a challenging trading environment has impacted sales and led to a decline of 6.2% in operating profit before exceptional items. New formats to create opportunities  The retailer is trialling a discount store,...
24 September 2013
Strong growth at Sainsbury's stood out as one of the key features of the latest market share figures released by Kantar Worldpanel, with the retailer enjoying growth of 5.1% in the 12 weeks to 15 September. Sainsbury's gains driven by quality and value focus With its market-beating 5.1% uplift, Sainsbury's stood out as the exception amongst the largest four grocers, successfully growi...
20 September 2013
It has been announced that the Midlands and Anglia Co-ops have begun the process to merge the two societies.  Together they will create a significantly enhanced number two co-operative retailing business (after the Co-operative Group), with combined turnover of £1bn, and a consolidated trading area extending across 16 counties in the West and East Midlands and East Anglia. The next step in region...
19 September 2013
In an interview with French paper Les Echos, Philippe Manzoni, MD of Intermarché Food, said the group targets a 15% increase in sales over the next three years. "Evolution not revolution" Mr Manzoni discussed the retailer's previous three-year plan, in which he said it achieved 27 consecutive periods of market share growth, and repositioned its pricing and format strategies. With sales up...
19 September 2013
Tokyo-based Maruetsu announces the opening of its first premium supermarket in Jiangsu province, China, by the end of September. Exporting its high-end supermarket format overseas At present Maruetsu operates more than 270 stores in Japan, focused on the Tokyo metropolitan region. Its multi-format portfolio includes Maruetsu supermarkets, Maruetsu Petit urban supermarkets and Lincos premi...
18 September 2013
Carrefour is changing its store banners in Belgium, according to a report in the Belgian journal Retail Detail, removing the Planet name from its hypermarkets among other changes. Giving each format its own identity Carrefour Planet hypermarkets in Belgium will simply bear the name Carrefour. However, the fascias Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express will be changed to carry only a Carr...
17 September 2013
Leading Singaporean retailer NTUC FairPrice is building its eco credentials in collaboration with the Green Mark Portfolio Programme. Collaborative partnership to achieve sustainability in Singapore Singapore's Building and Construction Authority has launched a new national  initiative, creating collaborative partnerships to boost sustainability in the  country. The Green Mark Portfolio Pro...
16 September 2013
Asda chief executive Andy Clarke has revealed new aspirations for how Asda's store portfolio could grow, citing potential for 500 new stores as it aims for a store network that is accessible by the entire population. .style1 { border-width: 0; } Aiming for 100% coverage In an interview with the Sunday Express, Asda CEO Andy Clarke has said that the retailer is currently within reach of just ...
16 September 2013
Portugal-based Sonae has announced plans to open stores in Angola in 2015, in partnership with Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the country's president. Focus to be on hypermarkets Sonae has said that it will open five hypermarkets, with the first set to open in 2015. The retailer said that it continued ‘ to believe that there are still opportunities in the market ’. Sonae first signed a pa...