Europe news & analysis

29 January 2013
The Belgian discounter has reported sustained sales growth for the nine months to 31st December, 2012. Fuel continues to outgrow food Total group sales grew by 6.1% to €6.26bn in the period 1st April to 31st December, while retail sales grew slightly behind this, up 5.1% to €4.75bn.  Colruyt attributes the growth to strong year-end sales and a series of additional discount campaigns which s...
29 January 2013
The latest retailer share data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 20 January 2013, shows the market trend marginally up on the previous period, with grocery retail showing growth of 3.3%.  Meantime inflation has continued to nudge upwards; Kantar indicates this reached 4.9% in this latest period against 4.5% in the December figures. 12 weeks to 22 January 2012 (% share) 1...
29 January 2013
Axfood's discount chain Willys is the first discounter to introduce a loyalty programme in Sweden. Launching in February Due to launch next month, the loyalty programme has been designed to strengthen the retailer's relationship with its customers and drive loyalty. The scheme has set a goal of recruiting a million customers within three years, and has stated its intention that 70% of Will...
29 January 2013
Speaking to the Grocer magazine, Martyn Ward, managing director commercial and sales, at Palmer & Harvey has set out the wholesaler's priorities for the coming year.  Key to boosting its business with independent retailers above all, will be a focus on developing its private label ranges and driving online ordering. M-brand boosted to 480 lines Branded to tie in with its Mace symbol group...
29 January 2013
Leclerc has launched a 'made in France' section in its supermarket in Lanester, Brittany. Pilot project which could be rolled out The section comprises 80 food products, across four metres of shelving.  They are highlighted by a large French flag above the fixture and the wording 'produits fabriqués en France ' (products made in France).  The items featured are already sold in-store; Le...
28 January 2013
The Co-operative has today announced the launch of a new Christmas savings scheme, offering enhanced protection for customer deposits . Peace of mind for customers The Co-operative has been working closely with representatives of the Farepak Victims Committee (set up after the 2006 collapse of the Christmas club) to offer customers who buy savings stamps throughout the year protection in wh...
28 January 2013
Asda is on course to complete the rollout of free WiFi into all its stores by the end of February as it looks to embed its multichannel vision within its business. Multichannel approach Asda has said the WiFi opens up "new opportunities to interact, showcase our fantastic Asda app and give our customers an enriched shopping experience" , as reported by The Grocer. The free WiFi is already...
28 January 2013
Netherlands-based Sligro, part of the Superunie buying group, has revealed a number of strategic developments following on from its annual results announcement. 2012 sees EMTÉ’s profit fall As part of the publication of its annual results, Sligro said that its EMTE supermarket banner had suffered from a fall in profits to €3 million, from €4 million in 2011. The company said that EMTE had exp...
28 January 2013
According to reports in W&V, Germany-based Rewe will launch the second part of a new marketing campaign this week. Promotion to build on first steps in October 2012 The campaign, which will be run in relation to the company’s supermarket division, will build on the first stage, which launched in October 2012. Rewe is aiming to highlight to shoppers how it consistently meets the needs of mod...
28 January 2013
Speaking at a conference, Système U’s President, Serge Papin, has announced that during 2012 the retailer had enjoyed sales growth of 11%, excluding petrol. President highlights positive ‘continuity’ in growth Papin said that during 2012 sales reached €18 billion at Système U , building on growth of 5.6% in 2011, while he was also expecting a similar pace of expansion in 2013. Commenting on ...