Europe news & analysis

17 June 2013
Majestic Wine has reported group profits rose by £0.5 million to £23.7 million, with total sales falling 2.1% to £274.4 million in the 52 weeks ending 1 April 2013. Managed reduction in wholesale Although sales were down at a total level, this was driven by the retailer's managed reduction of its exposure to the wholesale market, with wholesale revenue down £12.7 million to £5.8 million. S...
14 June 2013
Rewe has announced developments in Austria in relation to its private label strategy and expansion on forecourts. Billa launches premium private label Billa has introduced a premium private label under the Billa Corso brand name. The company said that the range was made up of more than 100 products from Austria and around the world. The new range will be in addition to its existing privat...
14 June 2013
The Swiss retailer has introduced electronic discount coupons, which can be activated online or via a mobile phone app, and registered on the Supercard loyalty card. Initially reserved for Hello Family club members The first users of this facility will be members of Coop's family-targeted club. Customers can simply present the Supercard, with its saved vouchers, at the checkout or show t...
13 June 2013
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced its latest round of value activity to support its customers in both retail and catering channels in the key summer trading season. New 5-4-3-2-1 deal theme for retailers Following feedback from customers Booker will launch a new, themed programme of wholesale promotions for retailers on 19 June, with each deal offering a specified round pound v...
13 June 2013
Lidl is considering a potential market entry in the US as it looks for a counterpoint to its European operations. If the move goes ahead, it would be Lidl's first venture outside Europe. Feasibility and efficiency analysis At this stage Lidl is undertaking an analysis of the market to ensure it can trade effectively in the US. This will be led by Kenneth McGrath, the managing director of ...
13 June 2013
With over 80% of British households now connected to the internet and two-thirds of the British population using the web everyday it is no surprise that we expect the UK online food and grocery market to almost double over the next few years to over £11 billion. Currently one in five British shoppers tell us they shop online for groceries, each using the online retail channel to shop in dif...
12 June 2013
Sainsbury's has reported solid but slower growth for the 12 weeks to 8 June 2013, with total sales up 3.3%, 0.8% LFL (excluding fuel). Challenging comparative from Jubilee celebrations The Q1 performance needs to be considered in context. A year ago sales grew by 3.8% (1.4% LFL) when Sainsbury's was one of the major beneficiaries of spending ahead of the Jubilee celebrations, with the a...
12 June 2013
Aldi is divided into two sister companies, Aldi Süd and Aldi Nord that act as distinct entities. Collectively they operate over 10,000 stores in 17 markets. In 2012 Aldi had an approximate turnover of €59.5bn with strong growth of 6.7% forecast for 2013. The domestic German market remains the most profitable for Aldi but as it nears saturation, international expansion remains a vital growth d...
12 June 2013
While large format stores remain the largest channel in the grocery market in cash terms, in recent years they have struggled to sustain the sales momentum they previously enjoyed. In this article we explore why they have been hard hit and how a new generation of stores around the world are fighting back. Three threats to large format stores The challenge to large format stores is driven by the...
11 June 2013
Lidl has been chosen as the European retail partner by Warner Bros. Consumer Products for Man of Steel movie merchandise. New partnership Lidl will stock a comprehensive range of official merchandise in around 10,000 stores across 24 markets this June. The range will cover a variety of categories including apparel, health & beauty, toys, publishing and food. Of the new collaboration, P...