Europe news & analysis

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...
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...