Europe news & analysis

01 August 2013
New market figures from Nielsen show a strong boost to sales following a  period of good weather across the UK. In the four weeks to 20 July, sales were up by 6.4% year on year, well ahead of the June period which showed growth of 2.3%, according to Nielsen. Weather drives drinks categories Not unexpectedly, the category showing the strongest growth were soft drinks, with a 27% value increase...
01 August 2013
With retailers placing increasing importance on expansion in London and the South East, we share our highlights from our recent visits to three of Tesco's Express stores in the capital. London Focus In February Tesco appointed Andrew Yaxley to the position of managing director for London in a clear signal of the retailer's belief the capital holds more opportunity for development. ...
01 August 2013
Metro Group has today announced a decline in first half sales but remains optimistic that it can strengthen, despite tough European markets and ongoing weaknesses in several of its formats. Sales declined in the first half Sales for January to June 2013 declined 2.3% to €30.8bn compared to the same period last year. Q2 sales, which decreased 3.6% to €15.3bn, were impacted by the sale of so...
01 August 2013
Belgium-based Colruyt has announced first quarter results for the period ending 30 June saying that consolidated revenue increased by 2.8% to €2.1 billion, aided by its 'consistent application of the lowest prices strategy'. Colruyt banner drives growth The retailer's performance was driven by its Colruyt banner, where revenue grew by 3.4% to €1.6 billion. Colruyt said that its shoppers rem...
31 July 2013
Celesio UK has announced plans to convert 60 of its Lloydspharmacy stores within the UK to its new European Pharmacy Network (EPN) concept. Expansion rolled out in UK The EPN concept has already been implemented across several countries within the EU and following the successful launch of the new concept stores in the UK and Italy, a further ten stores have now undergone store transformation ...
31 July 2013
With the summer holiday season now in full swing we look at the latest tactics from Sainsbury's to drive sales. Extending Sainsbury's values Last weekend's Sainsbury's anniversary games to mark a year since the London Olympics was an undoubted coup for the retailer with the Sainsbury's brand highly visible during media coverage of the event. The event was the last Diamond Series athletics me...
31 July 2013
The Co-operative has joined the Which? Price It Right scheme along with Aldi and Waitrose, following Morrisons who committed to the voluntary campaign when it initially launched. Improving read across The Price It Right campaign is designed to improve price transparency, making it easier for shoppers to compare prices across stores. Participating retailers will commit to displaying a consi...
31 July 2013
Portugal-based Jerónimo Martins has announced H1 results for the period ending 30 June saying that total consolidated sales had risen by 12.6% to €5.6 billion. Slowing economy affects Biedronka's sales growth The retailer highlighted the slowdown in Poland's economy, noting a 'softening of consumption and the weakness in the Euro area affecting exports'. This saw like-for-like sales at Bie...
31 July 2013
Whole Foods Market’s third quarter total sales, covering the 12 weeks to July 7, increased by 12.1% to $3.1bn, with comp sales increasing by 7.5%. Net income increased by 21.4% over the period to $142m. Committed to improving promotional activity and relative price positioning Whole Foods Market continues to demonstrate strong sales momentum reflecting the focus which it has placed on impr...
30 July 2013
Carrefour has said, at the launch of its local transactional website, that it is aiming to make its full range available online to shoppers in Bucharest and its surroundings during 2014. Launch follows successful trial Carrefour Romania has been trialling the offer for about three months prior to its launch, making about 3,000 SKUs available. The retailer said that its expectations had been...