Europe news & analysis

18 July 2013
Carrefour has reported sales growth of 1.3% to €20.5bn for the second quarter of 2013. The key number is French hypermarket sales, which were up 1.2% excluding fuel and calendar impact on an organic basis, the group's measure for LFL sales plus net openings. This signals an ongoing improved performance at the group's strategically and symbolically important domestic business. Signs of impr...
18 July 2013
It has been announced that Andy King, previously head of Nottcutts, has been recruited as the new managing director of Tesco's garden centre subsidiary, Dobbies, and will take up this role in September. Dobbies entering a new phase of development Since being acquired by Tesco in 2007 Dobbies has continued largely as a standalone business. Though expansion has continued, with as many as sev...
18 July 2013
Morrisons updates on its expansion plans for the next year, whilst Sainsbury's celebrates 15 years of convenience.   Becoming a true multichannel retailer In a recent speech, Dalton Philips, chief executive of Morrisons re-affirmed the retailer's intention to be a true multichannel retailer. Part of this strategy is centred around the ambitious roll out of the M local format, with the...
17 July 2013
Sainsbury's has announced two innovative family-oriented schemes to drive sales through the summer and a longer term project to renew its non-food private label offer. "Boredom Busters" family activities The "Boredom Busters" campaign is designed to provide a sales focus for the summer holiday and compensate for the non-repetition of the Olympic and Paralympic Games uplift a year ago, which was...
17 July 2013
Netherlands-based Jumbo Supermarkten has launched a Facebook-based product testing app, Jumbo Testmarkt. Shoppers to be sent products monthly Jumbo said that shoppers who register to test a certain product, be it private label or branded product, will be sent an item on a monthly basis for assessment. The retailer said that testers then use the app to submit feedback, by using a score out...
17 July 2013
Leclerc has reported total turnover growth of 5.5% for the first half of 2013, which it says confirms the success of its low price policy. Continues to claim price leadership Leclerc says it extended its lead over the competition in the first half, with a difference of five percentage points compared to its closest competitor. Although the permanent low prices are driving the increase in ...
17 July 2013
Bargain Booze has announced it is planning to float on AIM later this month to raise funds for its expansion. Largest franchised off-licence and convenience chain in UK Bargain Booze Holdings , which was recently renamed Conviviality Retail runs more than 600 franchised stores, making it the largest franchised off-licence and convenience chain in the UK. The deal is expected to generate b...
17 July 2013
On the opening of its newest store, Turkey-based Kazançli Istanbul Marketleri’s (KIM) chairman, Erol Ersan, has discussed the retailer’s expansion plans. Expansion to occur through organic growth and acquisitions Ersan said that the retailer was continuing to search out opportunities to expand in the market, where it is looking to add about 70 stores annually. He said that the company was con...
17 July 2013
Ahold has announced plans to open a Pick Up Point at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, building on its growing expertise in meeting shoppers' digital shopping needs. Solution to help shoppers returning from holiday Albert Heijn said that people going on holiday can order before they go and pick up the goods as they return home. The solution will work like the retailer’s other Pick Up Points...
17 July 2013
Tesco is launching a new initiative to reinvigorate its fresh offer, supported by extensive in-store activity, and a major marketing campaign as it looks to drive performance in the UK business. Fresh is the key to reviving UK business As part of his three year plan to improve performance in the UK, Philip Clarke, Tesco CEO, has ramped up the retailer's focus on fresh, putting it at the hea...