Europe news & analysis

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...
03 September 2013
Tesco has received planning permission to open a new dark store in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Extending its dark store portfolio beyond London The news of Tesco's seventh planned darkstore development comes soon after the confirmation that its sixth dark store will open in Erith , south east London in October this year. Tesco has won planning for a new 120,000 sq ft dark store at Milton Hill, ne...
03 September 2013
Following an announcement earlier in the year, Rewe Group has now opened its trial ‘Made by Rewe’ restaurant in Cologne. Located within a Rewe store For the first time, Rewe Group has opened a bistro concept within a Rewe store. Located in a busy commercial and hotel district within Cologne, customers can access it both from within the supermarket and from the street; attracting two type...
03 September 2013
According to press reports the German retailer, Metro Group, is close to agreeing the sale of its Real hypermarket stores in Turkey. Previous sale didn’t include Turkish stores In 2012, Metro sold 91 Real hypermarkets in Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine to Auchan, with the Turkish stores remaining unaffected. Deal with Begendik? However, local reports have suggested that Metro G...
03 September 2013
Latest monthly figures issued by the British Retail Consortium from the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor show that UK retail sales were up 3.6% in August 2013, underpinned by a 1.8% like-for-like uplift.  Performance was driven by non-food sales in particular, which saw more 'normal' trading up against weak comparatives from 2012, when the UK gave up shopping to watch the Olympics, and like-for-like ...
02 September 2013
The Hungarian government is reportedly considering banning the sale of tobacco products in large stores, according to Magyar Hirlap, the Hungarian newspaper. Ban could affect larger stores The ban, which may come into effect in January next year, could see the sale of tobacco products banned in stores larger than 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet). This could impact on tobacco sales ...
02 September 2013
Ahold is reportedly in discussions to sell its Slovakian business, according to Slovakian website Sme.sk.  Discussions between Ahold and J&T Group Discussions are reportedly taking place between Ahold and investment organisation J&T Group, which predominantly works with clients in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia. Slovakia is Ahold’s fourth largest market Slovakia is Ahold’s four...
02 September 2013
Rewe Group, one of the leading German grocery retailers, has made clear its intention to push forward in e-commerce. Former Tesco manager to drive e-commerce Alain Caparros, Rewe Group CEO, has announced that Jean-Jacques van Oosten is to join Rewe as Chief Digital Officer in December. Oosten was formerly chief information officer and non-food change director at Tesco and more recently at...
02 September 2013
Waitrose has appointed a sports marketing agency to help maximise the potential of its sponsorship of the England cricket team, which begins next year. Specialist agency appointed Waitrose has chosen marketing agency Essentially to help it make the most of its three year sponsorship of Team England Cricket which begins next May. Essentially is a division CSM Sport & Entertainment, the world's...