Europe news & analysis

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 ...
24 January 2013
Migros Ostschweiz, one of the Swiss market leader's co-operatives, has announced plans to open a supermarket in Liechtenstein in summer 2013. Store to be in Schaan The 1,000 sq m store will open in June, in Schaan, Liechtenstein.  It is co-located with additional retail space which is also available for rent; discussions with prospective tenants are ongoing. Coop Schweiz also in the mar...
24 January 2013
The HOK-Elanto co-operative has begun trialling a new self-service collection model in Finland. Next move with Foodie.fm Building on the success S Group has had with its online offer, which uses the Foodie.fm platform, the new service allows shoppers to pick up their groceries from a self-service parcel point. S Group launched a Collect & Go in-store grocery collection in November 2012 ...
24 January 2013
Portuguese retailer Sonae MC's preliminary results statement for 2012 shows turnover down by 1.4% year-on-year. Sonae MC outperforms market Sonae MC's sales for 2012 were €3,281m, down 1.4%, despite the impact of a store closure.  Sonae put a positive spin on these results, highlighting their outperformance against a market in which private consumption showed a decline of around 6%.  Co...
24 January 2013
Norway's largest retailer has acquired Scandinavia Holdings' stake in Danish retailer Dagrofa. Retailers to become shareholders Norgesgruppen has entered into a conditional agreement with Scandinavia Holdings and KFI which sees it take over Scandinavia Holdings 55% share of the  Dagrofa business. It has also signed an ownership deal with KFI regarding the future ownerhsip and cooperation in...
24 January 2013
Discussing various initiatives taken at Bol.com, Netherlands-based Ahold has said that their effect has provided a strong support to sales. At the same time, the company has announced a doubling in the size of the product range available through its Albert Heijn online store. A review of Bol.com's 2012 initiatives During the year Bol.com: Opened three specialist stores, which the compa...
23 January 2013
WH Smith has today announced that it has delivered a "good profit performance" across the business thanks to tightly managed costs, despite falling sales. Tightly managed costs help gross margin Sales across the group fell by 4% (5% on a like-for-like basis) for the 20 weeks to 20th January 2013. Sales at the group's high street stores were down 5%, with sales at its travel stores flat (-4...