Europe news & analysis

26 March 2013
Sainsbury's has announced it is planning to open 50 new convenience stores in London and the South East by early 2014. Targeting convenience  Convenience at Sainsbury's is growing at 18% year on year which highlights the importance of the channel in the retailer's strategy. So far this financial year the retailer has opened 87 convenience stores, taking the total number of stores in ...
26 March 2013
In the first of this year's regular updates on the world's top retailers, we look at recent developments at Carrefour, Tesco, Metro and Walmart. We see how online and digital strategies are becoming more important, and how they are adapting to changing conditions in various markets around the world. Carrefour embarking on second phase of plan to deliver better profits Carrefour rev...
26 March 2013
Speaking to local newspapers, the president of Carrefour Poland, Jean Anthoine, has discussed the company’s strategy for the market, potentially dispelling speculation that the retailer was set to exit. Retailer to participate in market consolidation Anthoine was quoted as saying that Carrefour wanted to be actively involved in the consolidation of the market and would be targeting the acqu...
26 March 2013
According to the latest retailer share data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 17 March 2013, growth in the UK grocery retail market has continued to pick up, with sales ahead 3.9% (vs 3.7% in the previous period).  The Kantar measure of inflation is still above the market on 4.2%, but this has fallen, indicating the rate of volume decline has slowed.   12 weeks t...
26 March 2013
As the quarter draws to a close, we summarise the key changes to senior management teams of the major players. Asda: McKenna move triggers major reshuffle The year began with the announcement that Judith McKenna was to vacate her position as COO to take up a new role as executive vice president, strategy and international development at Walmart International. Her promotion resulted ...
25 March 2013
Waitrose has announced the appointment of Tony Rivenell to the new role of head of omnichannel delivery. He will join the grocer in June. Developing cross channel strategy Commenting on his appointment, Robin Phillips, Waitrose ecommerce director said “I'm delighted that Tony will be joining the Waitrose ecommerce team as head of omnichannel delivery. Tony will be responsible for leading t...
25 March 2013
Ukrainian retailer Velika Kishenya has revised its store opening target for 2013; it now aims to open 15-30 stores rather than the 30-40 previously stated. Aim to increase sales by 10-15% compared to 2012 The group reported net sales of $605m in 2012 and is aiming to increase this to nearly $700m in 2013. Several formats set to expand Kiev will be the focus for the group’s expansion....
25 March 2013
Speaking to the locally-based newspaper Vedomosti, a member of Rewe’s International Board, Janusz Kulik, said that the retailer was aiming to open 15 new stores in Russia in 2013. Russia is a priority market for Rewe Kulik went on to say that the retailer would continue to invest in Russia as it ‘is one of the priority markets for the group and provides good growth’. In 2012 Rewe spent €1...
25 March 2013
Louis Delhaize-owned Cora has announced that it will be introducing the Drive format at one of its hypermarkets in Romania. Introduction to see first ‘Drive’ added in country The company said that when the Drive opens at its hypermarket in the Lujerului area of Bucharest, it will be the first in Romania . Cora’s Director of Food Purchasing, Aura Radulescu, said that Cora would open furth...
25 March 2013
Auchan has been given the go-ahead by local competition authorities to acquire Metro's Real operation in Ukraine, according to press reports.  Cleared by antimonopoly committee Ukraine's antimonopoly committee has reportedly given Auchan and its real estate arm permission to acquire a share of more than 50% in the local business, which includes stores and real estate. Integration will b...