Europe news & analysis

01 May 2013
After a period of speculation about its long term presence in the market, Carrefour has announced that it has decided to reorganise the governance of its joint venture in Turkey, CarrefourSA. Carrefour to remain in the market Carrefour’s announcement will see its joint venture partner in the country, locally-based Sabanci Holding, acquire a further 12% of the capital of CarrefourSA, taking ...
30 April 2013
Waitrose has announced that it is to begin supplying on board food and drink on Eurostar train services. The partnership comes into immediate effect. Buffet Bar selection More than 20 Waitrose food and drink products will be available in standard class coaches on board the Anglo-French and Anglo-Belgian train services. The range includes hot and cold options from sandwiches, ready meals and s...
30 April 2013
The Russian retailer O’Key has announced plans to accelerate its investment in its store formats, with a strong focus on convenience New banner? After a successful expansion in 2012 , opening stores in four new Russian cities, the retailer is looking to capitalise on this success. O’Key has announced that it will invest RUB 3bn in 2013 in its new format, ‘Da!’, which will be  convenienc...
30 April 2013
Auchan has opened an outlet of its urban convenience store, A 2 Pas, in Lille and will follow this with a store in Lyon in May. Fascia will expand by franchising According to press reports, the A 2 Pas store opened in the Wazemmes area of Lille on 24 April. The 400 sq m outlet is Auchan's  tenth under this banner and is located near the city centre and stocks nearly 7,000 lines. Another reg...
30 April 2013
SPAR UK has teamed up with Retail Marketing International (RMI) to launch the 'SPAR Media Centre' which is designed to offer a more effective way for suppliers to communicate their promotions across the store. Raise awareness The media centre is a way for all SPAR suppliers to be able to raise awareness of their brands in a 'cost effective, powerful and integrated' way. Based at SPAR U...
29 April 2013
Midcounties Co-operative's turnover has passed the £1billion mark.  Eight years of Growth Midcounties Co-op , the second largest Co-operative in the UK was formed by the merger of Oxford, Swindon and Gloucester Co-op with West Midlands Co-op. Since the merger eight years ago, Midcounties has now doubled revenue across its food, pharmacy, travel, funeral, childcare and energy operations to...
29 April 2013
Rewe Group has announced that its supermarket banner, Rewe, will join the multi-partner loyalty system provider Payback’s scheme from 2014. Retailer joins platform with over 20 million active users Rewe said that the leading factors in deciding to join the Payback scheme was that it already had over 20 million active users and communicated with shoppers through multiple avenues, including p...
29 April 2013
Sweden-based ICA has announced first quarter results for the three month period ending March 2013, saying that it generated sales worth SEK23.1 billion (US$3.5 billion) during the timeframe. Mixed performance across markets ICA reported that total sales had fallen by 1% during the three month period, but this performance hid differences between countries. Also, the retailer noted that when ...
29 April 2013
Russian retailer Azbuka Vkusa has reported 2012 sales of RUB 23bn. Sales grew by 6.5% from RUB 21.6bn in 2011 to RUB 23bn in 2012. Azbuka Vkusa boosted its store portfolio to 54 stores, having opened eight stores during the year. Previously, the entire portfolio was located exclusively in Moscow and the Moscow Province, but the retailer opened its first store in St Petersburg in December 201...
29 April 2013
Costco UK has launched a new online only subscription, open to all, and unlimited by any warehouse membership criteria, providing universal access to Costco.co.uk. The £15 annual payment allows consumers to purchase at the club member rate across the full range of the online offer. Online provides wider range than depots Launched in October 2012, the Costco UK online ordering service is a s...