Europe news & analysis

26 June 2013
Following a six-month, 15 store trial, it has been announced that leading convenience distributor Nisa has reached an agreement with retailer Martin McColl to supply its portfolio of 330 larger convenience stores, with deliveries switching over from Palmer & Harvey over the next six months. Switch to support roll-out of new McColl's format In total Martin McColl operates over 1,200 stor...
26 June 2013
Belgium-based Colruyt has announced annual results for the year ending 31 March saying that revenues had risen by 5.9% to €8.3 billion, with comparable sales up by 6.2%. Sales rise at all divisions The retailer said that its retail division had enjoyed sales growth of 5.2% to €6.3 billion. Its Colruyt brand saw the same rate of sales growth, to reach €5.2 billion, aided by the addition of n...
26 June 2013
Lekkerland Germany has announced the departure of its managing director, Stefan Punke, with immediate effect. Mr Punke to join Bünting Mr Punke will leave on 31 August and take up a new role at the Bünting group in Leer. He has been at Lekkerland Germany for more than eight years. Replaced by Frank Fleck Mr Punke's replacement will be Frank Fleck. To date he has has been responsi...
26 June 2013
Coop Italia has officially named Marco Pedroni as president at its AGM, replacing Vincenzo Tassinari. Will head a three person team Mr Pedroni formerly headed the Consumatori Nordest co-operative. He will take charge of a management team which includes Marcello Balestrero as vice president and Maura Latini as general manager. Private label played key role in 2012 sales Coop also r...
26 June 2013
Musgrave Group has announced that it will be working with Symphony EYC to maximise retail space shelf. Automated space planning Musgrave will now use Symphony's space planning and planogram automation to generate planograms for its independent retailers. It will be using the technology in addition to existing solutions as it looks to optimise allocation of product within its stores. Th...
25 June 2013
The Irish market continues to challenge traditional multiple retailers as shoppers continue to flock to discounters, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 09 June.   12 weeks to 10 June 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 09 June 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco 28.6 27.7 -3.4 Dunnes 22.4 21.9 -2.7 Su...
25 June 2013
Juan Luis Durich, CEO of Consum, has said the co-operative plans to increase sales by 3-4% in 2013, in an interview with Spanish press. Customer focus will help boost sales This target is a step up for Consum, given that it reported sales growth of 0.6% for 2012 . Mr Durich, quoted in InfoRetail, said the 2012 results were excellent, taking into account the efforts Consum had made to abso...
25 June 2013
Midlands Co-operative has launched its first smartphone app. View food offers The new app will allow customers to locate their nearest Midlands Co-operative food store, florist, funeral home, post office, fuel station or car dealership. Customers will be able to search for stores based on their postcodes, or using their current locations. As well as using the app to locate their local ...
25 June 2013
Magnit is in talks to form a partnership with Rosneft to operate stores on its forecourts, according to press reports. Potential joint venture Although the deal is yet to be confirmed, it is thought that the joint venture between Magnit and Rosneft will see Magnit convenience stores opening at Rosneft’s 1,800 petrol stations. Increase sales and maintain market leader position As...
25 June 2013
German wholesaler Lekkerland Group has reported sales up 1.1% for 2012, and is closing its Romanian, Czech and Polish businesses. Increased sales and earnings in 2012 Good earnings in Germany and the sale of subsidiary company Convenience Concept boosted earnings in 2012 to the tune of +58%. Sales in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain were all up but fell in the Netherlands and Austria...