Europe news & analysis

20 June 2013
In an interview with LSA, Leclerc’s president, Michel-Édouard Leclerc, gave an update on the retailer’s ecommerce strategy. ‘Retailer to be truly multichannel by 2015’ Leclerc stated that the company is aiming to be ‘ truly multichannel in 2015, rather than multi-format ’. As part of this evolution, Leclerc said that following the launch of a site selling cultural products in April, 150 sto...
20 June 2013
As the little Waitrose convenience format opens in a John Lewis department store for the first time, we've been in-store. Here are our initial thoughts. Impressive store, good sized and amply stocked Source: Waitrose at John Lewis The store is located on the second floor of the store, alongside the restaurant, but away from the main John Lewis trading ar...
20 June 2013
Speaking after the acquisition of a majority stake in Mercator, Agrokor’s chairman, Ivica Todoric, gave further details about expectations around the combined company. Todoric says he convinced about profitability Todoric said that he would not have acquired Mercator if he did not believe that the combined Agrokor/Mercator would create a good company that could generate profits. He was quot...
20 June 2013
Amstor, the Ukrainian retailer, has announced plans to expand in western Ukraine Venturing west Amstor, which currently operates 29 stores in Ukraine , has announced plans to open four stores this year and another in 2015 in western Ukraine. The existing 29 stores are spread across 13 cities in the east, central and southern Ukraine with no presence in the west. The store in the west wil...
20 June 2013
The Co-operative Food is launching an innovative Twitter campaign next week where customers will 'Tweet for a table' in an attempt to win a gastro-style meal in a purpose-built pop-up restaurant.  Innovative approach to marketing The 'Tweet for a Table' campaign marks a new and innovative approach to marketing and social media by Co-operative Food . The campaign, as well as interacting wi...
20 June 2013
We have assessed the leading global grocery retailers, their key markets and strategies for growth, and looked in more detail at the priorities and strategy of the top five. This week, we examine Tesco and its increasing focus on Asia. Increasing focus on Asia for growth The UK remains by some distance Tesco's largest market. However Asia is increasingly becoming its engine for grow...
20 June 2013
Waitrose has announced that Rupert Ellwood has been promoted to be its new head of marketing. Focus on campaigns, publications and events Ellwood is currently head of retail operations for Waitrose stores in the Southeast, having joined the retailer in 2010 from Wineworld, where he was managing director of London wine experience destination, Vinopolis. Ellwood replaces Sarah Fuller who left t...
19 June 2013
Italy's number two grocery retailer, Conad, has reported a 7.3% increase in turnover for 2012. Difficult year for consumers Consumption fell by 4.3% at the end of 2012, according to official Italian data. Conad's director general, Francesco Pugliese, praised the commitment of its co-operative members and entrepreneurs for making such strong growth possible. However he remains concerned a...
19 June 2013
Prisma, part of the Finnish retailer S Group, is opening another supermarket in Vilnius. Store number four to open in 2014 The new supermarket will open in the first half of 2014 and at the cost of LTL 40m is the first non-leased property in Lithuania. The supermarket will be located in a 10,000sqm shopping centre. International expansion contributing to strong growth Having had a s...
19 June 2013
Reitangruppen could be poised to take over ICA’s stores in northern Norway, according to press reports. Transaction involves 108 stores in the north Ealier in the year, ICA entered into an agreement with Norgesgruppen in order to improve its commercial advantage in the market. However, the deal is pending a decision from the Competition Authority. If the deal is not given permission f...