Europe news & analysis

27 February 2013
Morrisons has added another six sites for conversion to its M local convenience format, with the acquisition of six stores from the failed home entertainment chain HMV.  This brings the number of stores acquired in recent weeks to 62, ensuring that the retailer will easily exceed its target of 70 convenience stores by the end of 2013.  Morrisons already has 13 M local stores open. Locations widely...
27 February 2013
Until now vending machines that dispense beauty products have mostly been found in Japan and within American malls.  Innovative range of products However, the trend has now reached the UK with Harvey Nichols debuting a make-up version of the classic treat dispenser in its new BeautyMart boutique cosmetics hall in London. Previously beauty vending machines have been brand specific, fo...
27 February 2013
Hungary-based CBA has announced that it has opened an online shopping service in its home market. Launch comes ahead of Tesco’s introduction of similar offer The CBA Webshop makes 3,000 products available to shoppers, with delivery available at a range of times. CBA has introduced an online service in the belief that, following Tesco’s launch of such an offer, shoppers will being expect...
27 February 2013
SPAR opened nearly 200 new stores in Spain in 2012, according to local press, which helped boost sales by 8.3%. In line with stated expansion plans SPAR closed the year with 1,079 stores, 175 more than in 2011, and a turnover of €1,248m.  This expansion is in line with ambitious plans set out by local partner Miquel Alimentació, which said it intends to open 500 stores across Spain ov...
26 February 2013
Speaking to local newspapers, the president of Carrefour Poland, Jean Anthoine, has discussed the company’s strategy for the market, potentially dispelling speculation that the retailer was set to exit. Retailer to participate in market consolidation Anthoine was quoted as saying that Carrefour wanted to be actively involved in the consolidation of the market and would be targeting the acquis...
26 February 2013
Ocado's second Customer Fulfilment Centre (CFC2) has started delivering orders to customers, marking a potentially pivotal moment in the retailer's trading history. Second warehouse could double capacity in time The go-live, on schedule, of the group's second major automated warehouse sees the retailer significantly increase its capacity to deliver orders in the medium term. Management ha...
26 February 2013
Global retailer Tesco has announced it is to launch online grocery shopping in China and Thailand. Bangkok and Shanghai targeted Tesco is planning to launch its online food operations next month in Thailand , one of the retailer's most significant markets. As with previous markets, Tesco will launch the service first in the capital city Bangkok, before what is believed will be a wider ro...
26 February 2013
Coop Schweiz achieved operating profit growth of 3.4% in 2012. Objectives largely met Chief executive Joos Sutter said the group had largely achieved its objectives as he reported an operating profit margin increase of 0.1 percentage points, to 2.8%, and gross profit up 0.7%.  Coop reported group sales figures in January - click here for the news story. Pressure on prices is the new ...
26 February 2013
The latest retailer share data from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 17 February 2013, shows the UK grocery retail market accelerating on the previous period, with growth up to 3.7%.  However, inflation remains persistently higher.  The Kantar measure indicates this stood at 4.7% for the period, suggesting that volumes remain negative. 12 weeks to 19 February 2012 (% sha...
26 February 2013
Leading Irish retail distributor Musgrave has set out its 2013 plans for the expansion of its convenience symbol network Centra.  At its annual National Retailer Conference, Centra managing director, Martin Kelleher revealed that 20 new stores will be opened by retailers this year, including a number on greenfield sites. 18 stores added in 2012 Despite the tough economic climate Centra has co...