Europe news & analysis

21 January 2021
Amongst all modern retail channels, the impact of COVID-19 from a global perspective, has varied the most in convenience. The channel, however, continues to offer a massive opportunity for retailers and suppliers globally, benefiting from longer term consumption trends such as smaller households and more consumers shopping locally. With this in mind, we have identified five themes that we expect ...
20 January 2021
Casino-owned Cdiscount has set out several strategic initiatives as it aims to support ‘ businesses to accelerate European ecommerce ’. Cdiscount launches ‘ complete marketplace solution ’… As it looks to embed profitable and international growth Cdiscount has said it is using its online expertise to launch a B2B business, which it says provides a ‘ complete marketplace solution ’ including...
20 January 2021
France-based Casino is sustaining its pace of innovation, both in-store and online. With COVID-19 changing shoppers’ behaviours the retailer has launched a new banner, #Home, and is evolving its online offer. Casino adds #Home to its range of banners… Continuing its trialling of new banners and concepts, local trade publication LSA has launched a new banner, #Home, with the opening of its f...
19 January 2021
Spain-based discounter DIA has revealed its Q4 2020 results, which showed total group sales of €1.7 bn and an increase in like-for-like (LFL) sales of 6.9%. The results were particularly positive given DIA’s store numbers fell by 457, with the retailer ending Q4 2020 with a total of 6,169.  Division sales performance DIA Spain’s sales increased by 9%, to €1.14 bn, while LFL sales grew by 10...
18 January 2021
Market leader Conad has announced its preliminary results and is expecting to have generated a turnover of €15.7 bn, an increase of 10.2%, in 2020. Meanwhile, Todis revealed its results, saying it had seen an increase in turnover and like-for like (LFL) sales. Conad’s sales performance in 2020 Conad announced its preliminary results for 2020, saying it expected to increase its turnover by 1...
18 January 2021
Italy-based Gruppo Selex announced it expects to have increased its turnover by 31.7% to €16.2 bn in 2020. Meanwhile, it said it had enjoyed a strong start to 2021 with the joining of the SUN consortium as shareholders. Strong sales performance Selex announced its total turnover is expected to reach €16.2 bn in 2020, an increase of 31.7% compared to 2019. The group ended 2020 with 3,207 sto...
18 January 2021
As Netherlands-based Picnic enjoyed a doubling in turnover in 2019 and Farmy tripled its sales in 2020, we look at four developments in the online channel across Europe. Farmy tripled its turnover in 2020 Farmy, an online grocery specialist that only sells regional and organic products from more than 1,200 authentic producers in Switzerland, has reported growth of 170%, to CHF26m (US$29.2m)...
18 January 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the development and evolution of retailers across the world. For the discount channel, one of the biggest changes in 2020 has been the acceleration of developing online services, to catch up with other non-discounter competitors and meet shoppers’ expectations. With profitability being at the heart of the discount model and a key measure of success, the ...
18 January 2021
Having entered in preliminary discussions around a potential transaction, these have now ended, with Carrefour and Couche-Tard switching their focus to explore opportunities for operational partnerships. Opposition to any deal The discussions had been initiated by Couche-Tard’s “friendly approach” to Carrefour with the objective of acquiring the France-based retailer. However, these d...
15 January 2021
In our recent Western European outlook 2021 article, we highlighted ‘Stepping up on sustainability’ as one of five trends that we expect to shape grocery retail in 2021. This is especially the case in the Nordics, where sustainability remains at the heart of retailer strategies despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the World Economic Forum in Davos revealed the Global 100 Most Sustainable ...