Europe news & analysis

22 May 2013
In an interview with Emerce magazine the recently appointed general manager for AH.nl, Adriaan Thierry, discussed how the retailer was looking to grow online. ‘Changing shopper requirements to drive change’ Thierry said that changing shopper demands were driving change and leading to further integration between digital and physical stores, a step that was promoting the importance of logistics...
22 May 2013
Netherlands-based Coop Supermarkten, according to reports in Distrifood, will offer its Coop Online service from 60 stores by the end of 2013. Orders picked at store Commenting on the step, the retailer’s commercial director, Gerard King, said: “ Coop Online was set up by an active Coop entrepreneur and now we embrace the service as an organisation to offer it to more shoppers .” Orders are...
22 May 2013
East of England Co-operative society has reported a modest increase in LFL food sales and announced it is to re-brand its stores. LFL food growth The East of England Co-operative has reported sales fell by £11.6 million (-3.3%) to £335.1 million for the 52 week period ending 26 January 2013, with underlying trading profits down from £12.7 million to £9.7 million. The food business saw LFL...
22 May 2013
SPAR International has reported worldwide retail sales up 2.8% in 2012, and revealed its new strategy: "Growing our future together." International expansion has always been a strategic goal SPAR's new strategy builds on its long-term objectives. It sets out the strategic objectives for 2013-2015 under three broad headings: Growing our partners - Developing a multi-format presenc...
22 May 2013
Dansk Supermarked has reported revenue growth of 4.6% for the first quarter of 2013, across all formats and countries.  Denmark shifting towards discount In Denmark , volume continued to shift towards discount stores as they benefited from more Sunday openings. Profit (EBITDA up 11.8%) was boosted by cost cutting, the turnaround of Netto in Sweden and closure of non-performing stores. ...
22 May 2013
Louis Delhaize-owned Cora has, according to Linéaires, announced plans to relaunch its loyalty scheme in France. Existing cards to remain The reports suggest that the retailer’s existing loyalty cards – Carte Malin and Carte Cora – will continue to be offered, but shoppers will receive an increased number of points when using them and bonuses on specific days and products. Linéaires gave ex...
22 May 2013
During its annual results presentation, Eroski has announced that it will cut prices on up to 3,000 products in the month of June, across all store formats.  Weak consumption a factor in reported loss for 2012 Eroski reported net sales down 5.3% in like-for-like terms in 2012, and a loss of €121m. It attributed the loss to weak consumer consumption, a stagnant real estate market - whic...
21 May 2013
The latest UK grocery market share data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 12 May 2013, shows that growth in UK grocery picked up to 3.9% during the period.  The Kantar measure of inflation indicates that prices rose at exactly the same rate suggesting that volume decline in the sector has slowed. 12 weeks to 13 May 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 12 May 2013 (% share) Sa...
21 May 2013
M&S has reported mixed fortunes for its principal businesses with an encouraging performance in food offset by declining sales in general merchandise for the 52 weeks ended 30 March 2013. Headline numbers Group sales: +1.3% to £10.0bn Total UK sales +0.9% (LFL -1.0%) UK Food sales: +3.9% (LFL +1.7%) UK GM Sales: (-2.4% (LFL -4.1%) International sales: +4.5% Multichannel...
21 May 2013
Carrefour's hybrid hypermarket/cash & carry format - Supeco Cash de la Familia - is reportedly set to open its doors in Madrid for the first time, in the next few days. Store used to be a Carrefour Market The 1,581 sq m outlet is on the site of a former Carrefour Market store in the suburb of Parla, which is located to the south-west of Madrid, around 20km from the capital itself. As wi...