Europe news & analysis

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...
11 June 2013
Dow Jones Newswires has reported that Netherlands-based Albert Heijn will begin charging shoppers to use its grocery pick-up points. Charge to depend on time of day of pick-up From mid June, Albert Heijn will charge shoppers between €1 and €2.50 to use a pick-up point, while for orders over €70 the retailer will give a €1 discount. The fee charged will depend on the time of the day the orde...
11 June 2013
Celesio has appointed Martin Fisher to join its management board in October this year. Integration of retail and wholesale activities Fisher will join Celesio in October 2013 and will be running the company’s operations divisions, responsible for procurement, supply chain management, quality management and regulation as well as IT. Fisher previously worked as Head of Global Supply Chain a...
11 June 2013
The Eroski Cooking range comprises fish, meat and pasta dishes which are quick to prepare and which can be combined with different sauces and garnishes. Range to be extended to more stores this year The range was designed at the Basque Culinary Centre and, in line with  Eroski's principles, is free from preservatives and artificial colours. Initially available at nine stores in the Bas...
11 June 2013
As the retailer continues to streamline its digital services for future growth, Tesco has appointed Michael Cornish to a newly created position of group digital officer. Creating continuity under the Blinkbox brand Michael Cornish is the founder of Tesco's video-on-demand service Blinkbox that Tesco acquired a majority stake in back in April 2011. The newly created role shows the signi...
11 June 2013
Russian retailer X5 Retail Group has revealed its plans to upgrade its Perekrestok format. New sections added Selected Perekrestok supermarkets will benefit from an undisclosed investment which will see the new sections added to the existing stores. 36 outlets will feature a ‘Farmer’s Market’ section which will offer dairy products and meat sourced from local farmers. Some stores will als...