Europe news & analysis

20 March 2013
Discount retailer, B&M Bargains, has released double-digit growth in both sales and profits for 2012. Exceptional growth B&M Bargains posted an increase of 31.5% to £937.2m in the full year to 31 December 2012, while Pre-tax profits grew by 43% to £90.6m. It also extended its portfolio from 271 to a reported 324 in the same period. B&M has consistently outperformed the market with sales ...
20 March 2013
In a speech to the World Retail Congress in Singapore, Tesco CEO Philip Clarke has outlined how the industry needs to 're-tool' for the 21st century to adapt to fundamental changes in the way people shop. Building on last year's Congress, when he discussed how shopping behaviour is changing, the Tesco CEO highlighted three areas where he believes the industry needs to make profound changes...
19 March 2013
Waitrose is to offer a range of 6,000 gardening products through a revamped store offer and new online partnership, building on the success of its fresh cut flowers and bouquets range, Blossom and Bloom. New gardening and floristry range The almost 1,000 SKU strong Waitrose Flower Garden range will include a comprehensive range of plants, flowers, bulbs and seeds as well as tools and garden c...
19 March 2013
Sainsbury's has revealed very strong Q4 trading for the 10 weeks to 16 March 2013, lifted by strong seasonal events (such as Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and support for Comic Relief), and a positive customer response to investments in own brand, multichannel and general merchandise. Key results at a glance Total sales up 6.3% (excluding fuel, inc. VAT) in Q4, making it the strongest q...
18 March 2013
In advance of releasing its full year results later this week, Metro Group has announced Frans Muller, CEO of Metro Cash & Carry, is to leave the business. Simplifying top mananagement In a change to organisational structure, the business's supervisory board has taken the decision to consolidate the positions of CEO of Metro Group and CEO of the Cash & Carry division. As a result...
18 March 2013
Retailer Martin McColl is to open 150 new convenience stores over the next two years A growing force in convenience  Martin McColl has announced a debt refinancing deal worth £126.5 million which will help it add 150 new convenience stores to its estate. The retailer has 1,260 stores, of which over 650 are branded as convenience. Over the last seven years Martin McColl has doubled the numb...
15 March 2013
German discounter Norma increased sales by 5.8% in 2012, to €2.6bn, according to local press reports. Momentum continuing despite economy These results follow increases of 3.7% in 2011 and 5.2% in 2010.  They are down to a strong focus on the food ranges and modernisation of the store network, according to German trade press reports. Norma has refreshed between 70 and 80 stores per year...
14 March 2013
The Competition Commission has announced its summary of provisional findings from its investigation into the acquisition of Makro by leading UK wholesaler, Booker.  These indicate that it has found no significant case against the deal on competition grounds, and therefore it is likely to recommend that Booker may proceed with integration without the need for disposals or other remedies. No lesseni...
14 March 2013
If there’s one category which lends itself to adopting new technology very quickly, it has to be health & beauty. Whether it’s online or in-store, shoppers are rapidly taking to new digital applications. Pharmacies recognise patient benefits In pharmacies, patients can now get health and wellness advice in store, in the US, companies including CVS and Walgreens have developed apps for ...
14 March 2013
Ocado has reported a gross sales increase of 14.4% for the 12 weeks to 24 February 2013. In more significant news, it has announced it is in discussions with Morrisons to license certain parts of its technology and operating knowledge for the purpose of Morrisons commencing online operations. Sales momentum continues into 2013 Ocado updated on Christmas trading mid-January and today's int...