Europe news & analysis

22 March 2013
Casino's non-food website, CDiscount, has launched its grocery offer. Time-limited promotions introduce urgency The grocery section of the site offers a wide range of brands at low prices.  There are currently over 100 promotions available on-site, and CDiscount aims to introduce a sense of urgency with the use of a 'ticker' which counts down the seconds until the promotion ends.  Free del...
22 March 2013
Carrefour has opened its first store dedicated entirely to organic products, at 29 boulevard Diderot, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Range includes brands and own label The 170 sq m test store stocks a specially tailored offer of more than 2,000 private label and branded organic products, in fresh produce and ambient grocery.  Open from 08:00 - 21:00, and on Sunday mornings, its ai...
22 March 2013
Speaking at IGD's Health & Beauty conference yesterday Ruth Spencer, Director of Loyalty and Multichannel for Boots, announced the launch of 'Give it a go Friday', a new in-store initiative, which breaks today. New Spring campaign to inspire shoppers The 'Give it a go Friday' initiative will take place in 30 of Boots' largest stores. The new in-store initiative is as a result of Boots' own...
22 March 2013
Rewe Group has acquired a 51% stake in Wasgau AG, operator of supermarkets, hypermarkets and cash & carries in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, Germany. 'Many parallels' between Rewe and Wasgau Rewe CEO Alain Caparros said Wasgau had a strong local and regional position in Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland, and a wide range of expertise in the areas of freshness and regionality.  The aim ...
21 March 2013
Ukrainian retailer Fozzy Group is set to open its first store in Kiev First store in the region Fozzy Group , the largest retail chain in Ukraine , has leased 10,000sqm from a shopping centre being built in Kiev in order to open its first Cash & Carry in the region and its eighth in the country. The site is due to open in May 2013. Favourable location Alex DeLuca, Marketing Direct...
21 March 2013
SPAR Austria has launched an online platform allowing customers to submit ideas on various topics relating to the non-food ranges in its hypermarkets. Best ideas could end up on-shelf The platform, called "Red' mit...", also works on smartphones and allows customers to submit ideas and suggestions along particular themes which will change every five weeks. The project begins with the child...
21 March 2013
The Co-operative Group has announced sales rose 1.5% to £13.5bn at group level, with sales at its food business up 1.3% to £7.44bn, but down 0.7% on a like for like basis in the 53 weeks ending 5th January 2013. Convenience outperforms  In contrast to the overall food business, sales at the retailer's convenience stores were up 1.9% on a LFL basis, with sales increasing 5.5% over the thre...
21 March 2013
Spain's leading grocery retailer, Mercadona, continues to produce enviable results with turnover growth above 5% for the last three years.  Its president, Juan Roig, has been voted third in a list of Spain's most influential businessmen.* We look at Mercadona's success in the past year and its priorities for 2013. 2012: "focus on what we do best: be shopkeepers" In his message at the fron...
21 March 2013
Norwegian retail group Norgesgruppen has reported strong revenue growth of 5.9% in 2012, rising to NOK62.1bn, and continues to grow its market share. Positive performance across the group Operating profit was healthy at NOK2.6bn, up 4.6% on 2011. Growth was driven by the Kiwi discount stores and its convenience banners including Joker and Spar. Meny stores also performed well, although not a...
20 March 2013
Asda is reaffirming its commitment to low prices in a new advert supporting its Price Lock promotion, released to coincide with the Budget. Price Lock commitment The Price Lock promotion is being run by Asda on a range of basic products such as bread and milk. It promises to keep the price of such products consistently low for a minimum of 12 weeks, where it claims that the prices of i...