Europe news & analysis

07 February 2013
Against a backdrop of Eurostat revealing that the volume of retail trade fell by 3.3% in Romania in December 2012, when compared to the same month in 2011, retailers have announced a number of initiatives for the market. Delhaize trials store design in Bucharest Delhaize , under the Mega Image banner, has opened a ‘concept store’ in Bucharest. The new outlet is larger than the company’s stan...
07 February 2013
Coop Supermarkten has announced that shoppers are able to purchase grocery products online, via cooponline.nl, and have their orders delivered to their home or, if the store is large enough, collect it from there. Products to be picked in store The company said that it has signed up 20 entrepreneurs and will be extending the reach of its online shopping option during 2013. To maximise its p...
07 February 2013
Ocado has confirmed gross sales grew by 11.4% to £716.2m for the 52 week period of 2012. The pure play retailer expanded its range by 40% during the year to reach 28,000 SKUs, as CEO Tim Steiner aims to move from 'supermarket to hypermarket' status. EBITDA was up 20.4% to £33.5m, although the retailer recorded a loss before tax of £1.0m this narrowed to £0.6m looking at the 53 year period. Gross m...
07 February 2013
M&S has created a dedicated team to experiment with new technology, according to reports in Retail Week. It also intends to open Simply Food stores in France. Digital lab to introduce 'start up' mentality According to the report, the digital lab will be central in driving M&S'  multi-channel ambitions, with a start-up, agile mentality helping the retailer to evaluate and develop cutting edge ...
07 February 2013
It has been revealed that US-based global warehouse club operator, Costco will open a further two depots in the UK during 2013 taking its total number of units in the country to 25.  This will make 2013 something of a bumper year for Costco.  In its twenty years of operating in the country new openings have averaged little more than one every twelve months. Depot twenty-four for Farnborough, Hamp...
07 February 2013
We highlight the stores you’ve looked at the most on Retail Analysis in January Aldi, Atherstone, UK : an increasingly potent format Source: IGD research With the discount channel growing rapidly, this store demonstrates many of the reasons why discounters are trading so successfully. The store has developed its product range through investing in NPD acr...
07 February 2013
The Swedish retailer reports sales of SEK 9.2bn for the full year 2012, up 3.8% on 2011. A year of 'stable earnings and sales' While revenues were up by 3.8% in 2012, like-for-like sales were less positive at just +0.2%, which CEO Anders Stralman commented on as "not entirely satisfactory". It saw mixed performance across all its divisions, with Willys delivering its best ever set of r...
07 February 2013
From our stores visits this week in Lille, here are our four developments to watch in Europe’s largest grocery retail market. Price perception key to attracting shoppers A difficult macro-economic environment has caused shoppers to search out ways to save on every purchase. Retailers like Leclerc, Aldi, Lidl and, increasingly, Carrefour have benefited from an EDLP offer, which is helping t...
06 February 2013
Lidl UK has recently launched two new digital campaigns through its Facebook page. The first is to encourage shoppers to "Like" its page to receive a £5 voucher to spend in-store and the second is an unusual Valentine's Day initiative. Building its fan-base As a "thank you" to its 250,000 Facebook fans, Lidl recently offered all Facebook users who "Liked" its page a voucher to print off...
06 February 2013
You might have heard of 'gamification' – it's becoming an industry buzzword as consumer goods companies use it to engage with shoppers, reward loyalty and gain a competitive edge. We explain how it's developing and how it could help keep your businesses agile. What is 'gamification'? Gamification, in simple terms, is applying the principles of video or computer games to other contexts. Th...