Europe news & analysis

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...
24 September 2013
Chefs demonstrate M Kitchen's strengths The roadshow kicked off last week in Manchester and over the next month will visit Bexleyheath, Birmingham and Glasgow. At each venue M Kitchen chefs will serve up freshly prepared products from M Kitchen's world cuisine range for visitors to sample. Those visiting the events will receive a £1 coupon to spend on M Kitchen products and can also enter a dr...
23 September 2013
As Tesco launches its first tablet, we bring you five things you need to know about the new device and its implications for Tesco. 1. Competitive pricing strategy should open up the market The new device has been launched under the brand name Hudl. The device has a 7in screen, 16GB storage, a 9 hour video battery life and an Android operating system. It will be available in four different co...
23 September 2013
Morrisons has set up a new dedicated buying team to improve its private label buying, according to The Grocer. The development comes as Morrisons moves to complete the relaunch of its 10,000 SKU strong own brand offer this November. Bringing a more focused approach to own brand Morrisons said establishing the new team would enable it to develop more strategic relationships with private label su...
23 September 2013
Lidl's UK business is set to open a new £40m distribution centre to support its rapid sales growth in fresh produce. Managing fresh deliveries The 22,000 sq m site will manage deliveries of fresh produce into London and the south east. The new DC is set to be built at the site of the old Northfleet power station in Kent. Growing focus on fresh categories Last year sales of fresh ranges...
23 September 2013
The owner of Russia's Sedmoy Continent is preparing to sell the retailer, with X5 Retail Group in the running to acquire it, according to Russian press reports. Selling management company and rights to rent stores According to reports in The Moscow Times and Kommersant, Sedmoy's owner Alexander Zanadvorov is preparing to sell its management company and the rights to rent 130 of its st...
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
Powering the industry... In such a flat economy, companies are forced to ‘jump start’ any momentum by themselves. At the IGD Convention 2013, we’ll be finding the pockets of growth and show how, by building on them and replicating them widely, we have an opportunity to re-energise the whole industry. The IGD Convention 2013 brings together leaders from across the industry to debate the big...
19 September 2013
We round up the latest news from Rewe Group, looking at its move into mobile payment and its support of online furniture retailer, Home24. Launching smartphone payment The retailer has announced plans to introduce smartphone payment in its 1,600 German supermarkets later this year. The service, provided in partnership with Yapital, will enable shoppers to pay in real-time at POS terminals u...
19 September 2013
In its annual report for 2012, Lloydspharmacy has reported a drop in pre tax profits of -69% to £17.9m on lower turnover of £1,720m. Hit hard by restructuring costs Owned by Celesio in Germany, the business has been hit hard on two fronts - the reduction in the tariff at which drugs are reimbursed by the NHS, and the costs associated with the implementation of the 'One Celesio' programme, whi...