Europe news & analysis

24 November 2020
(Last updated 24/11/2020) As Western European countries are facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections, several governments are implementing stricter restrictions including second national lockdowns. Here is an update of the latest announcements across the region Germany The German government and the 16 federal governments agreed on a national lockdown to be implemented nationwide from...
20 November 2020
Carrefour has launched a new initiative to support local producers in France, as part of its ‘Zero kilometer’ commitment. Agreement to focus on ‘ultra-local alliances’ Carrefour is aiming to support local producers and meet shoppers’ growing demand for goods produced as close as possible to their homes. The ‘zero kilometer’ commitment will see the retailer form ultra-local alliances by enab...
20 November 2020
SPAR South Africa has published full year results for the year ending September 2020, saying turnover rose 13.5% to ZAR124.3 bn (US$8.1 bn). The company’s operating profit increased by 15.6% to ZAR3.4 bn (US$220.6m), with its profitability ‘ positively impacted by a change in sales mix as increased home consumption drove higher-margin grocery and fresh categories ’. ‘ A year in crisis ’ SPA...
18 November 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated existing trends and channel shifts across Europe. Lockdown measures implemented in most countries have had an immediate impact on grocery retailing. In the first European Channel Forecasts Webinar IGD experts will look at these developments alongside three key channel trends to help you with business planning in the short to long term. Here are some ...
18 November 2020
Portugal-based Sonae MC announced a strong Q3 performance. Consolidated sales grew by 7.4% to €1.3 bn in Q3 2020, with like-for-like (LFL) sales increasing by 4.8%. The retailer sustained good momentum with its online channel during the COVID-19 pandemic and improved its market leadership in the food retail sector in Portugal. Sales performance Sonae MC revealed its hypermarkets grew sales ...
17 November 2020
Discounter MD has increased its turnover by 16% and has highlighted its key investment areas. Meanwhile, Penny has partnered with ReStore to launch an online trial, under the brand Penny a Casa. Separately, SPAR Italy has reduced its use sugar in its DESPA-branded fruit juices and nectars. MD increases turnover by 16% MD recorded an increase in turnover of 16% in H1 2020. The retailer claim...
17 November 2020
Reitangruppen, which operates the discount banner REMA 1000 in Norway and Denmark, as well as a variety of convenience banners in the Nordics and Baltics, is rebranding, restructuring and exploring listing on the stock market. We consider this and how a listing may help fuel the retailer's growth ambitions. Its REMA 1000 banner is the fastest growing discounter in Denmark, while it remains the ...
17 November 2020
SPAR Italy has introduced more environmentally friendly products to its DESPAR Scelta Verde EcoLogico range, as Spain’s Mercadona sets new standards for its sustainable stores. Separately, UK-based Co-op has eliminated plastic and glitter from its entire Christmas range. SPAR Italy expands its green private label range DESPAR Italia has added more products to its DESPAR Scelta Verde EcoLogi...
16 November 2020
Spain-based DIA announced group net sales increased by 2.5% to €1.7 bn, with like-for-like (LFL) sales up 6.3%. The retailer continues to improve its performance by focusing on the five pillars of its roadmap, which includes optimisation of its assortment, its private label ranges, online sales and express delivery, franchisees, and operations. Sales performance DIA Spain’s sales increased ...
16 November 2020
Sonae MC revealed it plans to tackle food waste, by launching the LIFEFood Cycle project, a digital management platform. Meanwhile, Pingo Doce prepares to launch Juliana, a new private label brand. Separately, Mercadona opened its 17 th supermarket and claims it is set to reach a total of 20 stores by the end of 2020.    Sonae MC continues to combat waste Sonae MC plans to develop a digita...