Europe news & analysis

06 September 2013
Carrefour is simplifying the structure of its hypermarket businesses in France, according to a report in trade magazine Linéaires. Project presented internally on 3 and 4 September Carrefour proposes to consolidate various companies into its Carrefour Hypermarchés SAS business, simplifying an unwieldy structure which has been in place for many years. The majority of companies involved wi...
05 September 2013
Iceland has opened a new outlet in Beccles, East Anglia, taking its total estate to 800. Successful consolidation of estate Malcolm Walker has said that when he returned to the helm of Iceland in 2005, consolidation of the portfolio was needed, with multiple stores closed or sold. However, in the last four years, the frozen food specialist has opened a net 145 new stores across the UK . I...
05 September 2013
With Morrisons interim results next Thursday, we highlight the main areas of focus for the retailer and what to look out for. Building scale in convenience Morrisons has ramped up the pace of convenience store openings through the summer, converting the ex Blockbuster, Jessops and HMV stores it acquired at the beginning of the year into the M local format. These stores will be key both in ...
05 September 2013
Asda has undercut rival services from Tesco and Ocado by offering a new fixed-price, monthly delivery pass. Delivering value The Asda pass will encourage shopper loyalty to its online offer, allowing shoppers to have as many home deliveries as they want in a month, with the best pick of delivery slots. For shoppers who regularly buy online with Asda, the pass will work out cheaper. Asda ...
05 September 2013
Carrefour aims to have 500 franchise stores in Poland by mid 2014, up from 360 at the end of August 2013, according to local press reports. Using franchises to expand Carrefour has opened 90 franchise outlets so far this year and aims to open between 40 and 90 more by the end of 2013, to reach 400-450 under the Globi and Carrefour Express banners. It has been reported that three in ten ...
04 September 2013
Delhaize Group has announced that Frans Muller will succeed Pierre-Olivier Beckers as chief executive, effective 8 November 2013. Frans Muller: looking forward to building on momentum Frans Muller will join Delhaize on 14 October, prior to assuming his new role in November. Mr Beckers will remain in an advisory capacity until end 2013 and will retain a seat on the Delhaize board of dir...
04 September 2013
Serge Papin, chief executive of Système U, has said sales at the French retailer were up 10% in July and that August is also looking very positive.  On target for 2013 full year Mr Papin said customer numbers and sales have been increasing since January. Growth was particularly strong in summer, as consumption improved in July, and the retailer is seeing positive signs of consumer confidenc...
04 September 2013
Nestlé and Google have partnered to name the next release of the world’s most popular mobile platform ‘Android KitKat’. Building on a strong digital presence Nestlé's branding partnership with Google is part of the manufacturer's strategy to leverage digital technology and online content to get closer to its consumers to better understand and cater to their preferences. KitKat has already est...
04 September 2013
Coop Danmark's chief executive Jesper Lien has left the retailer, according to press reports. Chief financial officer to take over Jesper Lien has been at Coop Danmark for 19 years. He took over at the top in 2009, when he was head of the Superbrugsen supermarket chain. Per Toelstang, chief financial officer, will now take over until a replacement is found. Differing views on strate...
04 September 2013
Tesco has kickstarted the re-launch of its premium tier Tesco Finest private label, with the first new products appearing in-store. New packaging, logo and quality messages One of the first new categories to receive the new Tesco Finest look and feel is yoghurts. Looking at Tesco Finest lemon curd yoghurt, it appears that the ingredients used have remained the same, but the packaging look...