Europe news & analysis

22 April 2013
We look at Mercadona, how it's coping with the economic conditions in Spain, and more widely at what the future may hold for European grocery formats.   Mercadona's unique model is its main strength Mercadona's strengths are small and medium-sized stores, in convenient neighbourhood locations; best-in-class fresh produce and private label products. In terms of similarities among its pee...
19 April 2013
Swedish retailer Axfood has seen the year start positively, with sales growth of 2.7% in the first quarter. Positive development Total sales for the three month period January-March reached SEK 8.9bn, up 2.7% year on year. Like for like sales grew by 2.3%. Group-owned stores performed particularly well, growing by 4.2%. Axfood delivered operating profit of SEK 254m. Developments in the peri...
19 April 2013
Adding to the introduction of the Profi City banner at the beginning of April, the retailer has announced that it will trial another new format, Profi Mall. New store opened in Oradea Shopping City The retailer said that the new format is part of a trial, which Pawel Musial, a director at Profi, describes as being ‘tailored to customer expectations’, with a focus on fresh. Musial is quoted as...
19 April 2013
The UK's biggest delivered wholesaler, Palmer & Harvey has revealed it is to further enhance its van sales operation with a third division called P&H Direct, to bring focus to its growing number of customers in the out of home sector, including pubs, coffee shops and snack shops.  Unlike traditional delivered wholesale, vans sales allows customers to buy in smaller quantities direct from the van ...
19 April 2013
Sligro Food Group has announced first quarter results of €589 million, a rise of 2% on the same period in 2012. Positive results at both food retail and foodservice The retailer said that the majority of the sales growth was organic, although it did concede that it was aided by the timing effect of the Easter holiday. Sales at Sligro’s food retail division, EMTÉ rose 5.1% to €216 million, aid...
19 April 2013
Following its provisional announcement last month, the Competition Commission has now published its final report into the acquisition of Makro by Booker, confirming that the deal has been cleared of all competition concerns. Final report finds no 'substantial lessening of competition' In its announcement the Competition Commission concluded: "the merged company would continue to face suffic...
19 April 2013
In separate statements, Netherlands-based Albert Heijn and Rewe in Austria have highlighted the positive sales performance of their organic private label ranges. Rewe sees expansion of ja! Natürlich Rewe said that sales of its ja! Natürlich organic private label brand had grown by 3.6% in Austria, to €323.3 million in 2012, following on from 7% growth in the previous year. The retailer said...
18 April 2013
M&S has announced that this year it will open six pilot Simply Food stores in the Netherlands - its first outside the UK - as part of a multi-channel package of investments in the country. M&S to pilot Simply Food at BP forecourts The first Simply Food store is set to open at a BP Forecourt in Utrecht in September, followed by five further pilot stores in Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht by Nov...
18 April 2013
Carrefour has reported consolidated sales of €20.8bn for the first three months of the year, up 1.3% at constant rates. Sales dropped by 1% in France excluding fuel, although the encouraging trend in food performance continued at the group's domestic hypermarkets. Hypermarkets post stable performance in France The economic environment in France remains challenging and poor weather added furt...
18 April 2013
Turkey-based discounter A101 has announced annual results for 2012 and set out its expansion plans for the year ahead. Retailer’s sales break TRY2 billion mark A101’s chief executive, Erhan Bostan, said that in 2012 sales had reached TRY2.1 billion (€886.7 million) from the company’s 2,032 stores. 2013 to see further growth Bostan went on to say that A101 was aiming to add a further 450...