Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

30 October 2020
We look at four ways Lidl has adapted its operations and global strategy since the start of the pandemic. Creating a safer in-store environment Most retailers, including Lidl, have had to adapt their stores to the new social distancing measures, and create safer environments for employees and shoppers. Across Europe and the US most of Lidl’s 11,200 stores have been equipped with plexiglass ...
29 October 2020
Lidl continues its expansion across Europe with first stores to open soon in Estonia and Latvia and a possible market entry in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2022. Latvia: first store openings are imminent In September 2020, Lidl Latvia published more than 1,000 jobs for warehouse and store staff. The first distribution centre was completed in July 2020, and the construction of the initial store...
28 October 2020
Carrefour reported total sales rose 5.5%, at constant exchange rates, to €19.7 bn, with like-for-likes rising 8.4% in its third quarter. The retailer said its growth was its ‘ best performance in at least 20 years ’. The positive results were broad based, with most markets and channels seeing growth, and came despite ‘ an unfavourable petrol effect ’ and ‘ an unfavorable exchange rate effect ’...
27 October 2020
Pyaterochka launched its first staffless #naletu (On the Fly) store in Moscow in October 2020. Also, following the pilot concept’s trial, the retailer plans to launch several similar projects in other districts in the capital. Smallest store in the X5 network The store stocks 900 SKUs in 80 sq. m. of selling space and has a fully automated checkout system. To use the store shoppers must dow...
15 October 2020
Metro generated like-for-like sales showing a slight contraction, of just 0.5%, in its fourth quarter. The company said a recovery in HoReCa sales and a ‘ positive sales development ’ in Germany, Russia and Eastern Europe had underpinned its improving performance. Strong recovery in key markets Metro said like-for-like sales had turned positive in Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe, which ...
14 October 2020
As Carrefour acquires an organic specialist in France and expands its online delivery options in Poland, we round up new initiatives from the retailer in Europe. Carrefour acquires organic specialist in France… Carrefour has acquired the Bioazur chain of five stores through its So.bio subsidiary. Bioazur operates stores in the southwest of France and helps build its presence in the organic ...
13 October 2020
As Auchan looks to roll out more Pedestrian Drives in France and its operation in Poland grows its revenues, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan plans large-scale roll out of Pedestrian Drives As it looks to first catch up and then overtake its competitors, as part of its digitalisation drive in its 2022 transformation plan, Auchan has committed to opening 300 pedestrian Drives in 20...
07 October 2020
In recent years Aldi Nord’s group sales have grown at around 2%, one of the slowest rates in the discount channel globally. The AniKo concept, launched in 2016, was expected to drive a recovery in growth and has required billions to be invested to upgrade the store network. However, the slow pace to add new and more varied products to the assortment, the growing competition and pricing pressures ...
21 September 2020
Novus has announced plans to acquire Billa’s store network in Ukraine (in September 2020). Rewe’s decision to exit the Ukraine does not come as a surprise, with Billa reporting below market growth between 2016 and 2019, at less than 4% annually. In the past, Rewe has withdrawn its Billa brand from markets where it underperformed, such as Croatia and Italy, to improve its profitability and to focu...
15 September 2020
As Carrefour continues to drive change across its operations in Europe, we round up developments from France, Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Spain. Carrefour France enjoyed a good summer In an interview with local trade publication LSA, the managing director of Carrefour France, Rami Baitiéh, discussed the retailer’s performance over summer 2020, given the challenging operating environment. Ba...