Europe news & analysis

03 May 2013
For many, Walmart is considered to be the stereotypical big-box retailer, a reputation that has been earned based on its core domestic operations. In some respects, it is a well-deserved reputation, with over 4,000 Supercentres operating in the US. However, as the focus of new openings at home shifts towards smaller format supermarkets, over the last five years the retailer has built a signifi...
03 May 2013
Chris Bush, Tesco's UK managing director, has discussed his plan to drive UK performance by making Tesco a brand of choice or its shoppers in an interview with Retail Week. Challenging backdrop Tesco recently reported its UK trading profit fell 8.3% to £2.27bn, despite last year's £1bn investment, and Philip Clarke has said there is still much to be done, although he is pleased with...
02 May 2013
Spanish co-operative retailer Consum increased turnover by 0.6% in 2012, but profits were down 9.8%.  Investment in logistics, price and stores Consum attributed the results to significant efforts to adjust prices, invest in expansion and maintain competitiveness in a difficult economic context. The co-operative invested almost €83m in 2012. This went towards store openings (30), and renova...
02 May 2013
With Euan Sutherland due to take over as chief executive at The Co-operative group this month, we look at the likely challenges for the new chief executive. New Era Euan Sutherland's arrival at The Co-operative heralds a new era for The Co-op following Peter Marks' retirement this month. His strategic leadership has delivered huge change for the group, not least re-vitalising 'The Co-o...
02 May 2013
Germany is the heartland of discount retailing and it remains the most popular format in the market, with multiple discounters operating successfully in the country. We recently visited several German cities to bring you the key developments within the channel. 1. Greater focus on health & beauty Across the discount channel a growing focus on the health & beauty (H&B) category was apparent....
02 May 2013
Metro Group has reported EBIT (before special items) of €14m, compared to €-8m in Q1 2012, due to earnings improvements at Real, Media-Saturn and other areas of the business.  Group sales down slightly Group sales for the period January to March were €15.5bn, a slight decrease of 0.9% vs. the previous year. This year included three fewer trading days, and the unseasonably cold weather af...
01 May 2013
Morrisons has launched a new 'Market Street Giveaway' prize draw in a move designed to draw attention to its craft skill strengths and appeal to households on tight budgets. Further highlighting Market Street Visitors answering a simple Market Street related question on the  Morrisons website can enter the draw which offers a weekly winner a £500 prize in Morrisons vouchers. Draws take place o...
01 May 2013
Lidl has announced plans to double the number of healthy tills in its UK stores following a successful trial since January, while in Netherlands it is running healthy eating workshops for children. Turnover 100% higher from healthy tills Lidl UK has trialled one healthy till per store since January. These tills replace 'treat' items such as crisps, popcorn and chocolate with products th...
01 May 2013
Ensuring product availability for the shopper is the ultimate aim of a successful supply chain for both retailers and suppliers. Our supply chain team recently talked with UK based industry leaders and posed the question, “What gets in the way of good on-shelf availability?” Promotions emerged as a dominant theme and an area where big improvements could be made. Promotions play a vital role ...
01 May 2013
Système U's online operator Telemarket has been placed into receivership, with a one-month observation period allowing it to seek buyers.  Was expected to drive growth in Paris region Système U had been trading online since 2008 via the site magasinsu.com.  It acquired Telemarket from Galeries Lafayette in 2011 and renamed it U-Telemarket. Based in Paris, the retailer expected the site...