Europe news & analysis

23 January 2013
Ukrainian discounter ATB-Market has published positive results for 2012, with sales up 44%. Sales 44% higher than in 2011 ATB-Market has declared sales of just under UAH 26bn for the 2012 fiscal year which is an impressive increase of 44% compared to 2011. The retailer increased its store portfolio to 686 stores by opening 156 new stores in the year; the majority of which were in the Do...
23 January 2013
Dixy announces revenue growth of 43.8% for the 2012 financial year. Encouraging year of growth Dixy’s consolidated full year sales for 2012 showed a 43.8% increase compared to the previous last year at RUB 147bn. Year-on-year sales increased by 20.8% on a pro-forma basis, including revenue from the acquisition of the Victoria Group chain in 2011. Convenience performing well Sales i...
23 January 2013
Spanish co-operative retailer Consum has opened five stores under the Charter franchise since last December, and plans to end January with seven new outlets. Adding more than 2,500 sq m of retail space Of the total openings, four are rebranded stores and three are new builds.  Branded items, and fresh produce, will play key roles in the stores' assortments. Network based along Mediterr...
22 January 2013
Midlands Co-operative has reported a mixed Christmas trading period with the news of strong sales from its food business tempered by a more subdued performance across its non-food stores that has led to the business announcing the closure of its fashion and home stores. Strong food sales Food sales at the retailer were up 2.2% on a like-for-like basis in the three week period to the 5th Janu...
22 January 2013
Last week we were given the opportunity of a guided tour around Tesco’s new Extra store in Woolwich, South East London. The store displays many of the impressive initiatives that the retailer has introduced to its business since implementing its £1bn investment plan in the UK last April, but also showcases some new areas of thinking, which we are likely to see develop further in 2013. Ext...
22 January 2013
SPAR UK has introduced Amazon collection lockers in nine of its stores with further lockers planned for the future. Driving sales through loyalty and increased footfall The decision to put Amazon lockers in its stores makes SPAR one of the first symbol groups to capitalise on consumers' changing shopping habits.  The move follows the announcement last August by Amazon to launch a nationw...
22 January 2013
According to reports in French trade press publication Lineaires, Carrefour has opened a hybrid hypermarket/cash and carry format in Spain with discount prices. Trading under the Supeco banner, the format takes learning from the successful Atacadao format in Brazil. Discrete trial in price conscious market According to reports Carrefour has been testing a family focused cash and carry / hype...
22 January 2013
Ocado has announced that Sir Stuart Rose will become chairman from March 2013, taking over from Lord Grade who retires after six years service. High profile return for Sir Stuart Commenting on his appointment, Sir Stuart said: "as retail goes through a fundamental shift into the digital world, I believe Ocado's model and the high standards of customer service it provides will see it emerge ...
22 January 2013
Erivan Karl Haub has resigned as chairman of Tengelmann's advisory board, and two other long-standing board members have also left office, meaning the board no longer includes members of the group's founding family. Replacement chairman yet to be chosen Mr Haub has stepped down upon reaching the age of 80.  He was CEO of the Tengelmann Group for over thirty years until 2002.  The other me...
21 January 2013
Tesco has launched its latest dotcom only warehouse store in Crawley, as it continues to build home delivery capacity through this format. A growing network delivering improved service The new dark store opened for trade on 21 January adds to those already operational in Aylesford (near Maidstone), Croydon, Edmonton and Greenford. Tesco continues to build its network of dark store wareho...