Europe news & analysis

21 February 2013
L'Oréal has announced the launch of its own online store in France, where the whole of its product range will be available to order. The company has also announced investment in a new R&D hub in Asia. Additional opportunities for growth Despite L'Oréal's reliance on its major retailers, the company is keen to stress that it is not looking to circumvent the retail channel. However, as more ...
21 February 2013
The new Sephora flagship store in Shanghai features an innovative new development centred around 'The Fragrance Bar' in-store experience. Exciting and innovative concept in retailing 'The Fragrance Bar' provides shoppers with a unique in-store experience in order to maximise shopper engagement.  The new flagship store has six stations, each equipped with with an iPad, surrounded by ten fra...
21 February 2013
With this year's official Fairtrade Fortnight beginning on 25th February, we take a look at how retailers are supporting the event, driving an ethical agenda in the face of a highly value orientated market. The Bean Machine The Co-operative has commissioned a car powered entirely powered by waste coffee beans to celebrate ten years of selling 100% Fairtrade coffee. Having broken the Guinn...
21 February 2013
Asda has announced new investment to build George's international reach and revealed that like-for-like sales growth slipped back in the final quarter of 2012 as shoppers kept a tight rein on spending. The retailer said it was proud however of its performance for 2012 as a whole. LFLs slow, as average ticket price falls In Q4 Asda's LFL growth excluding fuel was 0.1% in the 14 weeks to ...
21 February 2013
Following Asda's results presentation, we draw out the five key themes that we believe will drive growth for Asda in 2013. Investing for customers in a tough market: "EDLP is in our DNA" This was one of the core elements of Asda's focus in 2012 and in particular in Q4, and this will remain a key priority in 2013. At the results session, Andy Clarke explained "our customers continue to tell ...
21 February 2013
Despite a competitive market environment and falling shopper spend, Rewe and Profi have announced expansion plans for the Romanian market. Rewe to expand with Penny Rewe has said that it is looking to invest between €10 and €15 miillion during 2013 to add 14 Penny stores in the market. The company’s head of marketing, Ioana Marginean, was quoted by Ziarul Financiar as saying: "In 2013, ...
20 February 2013
Discount retailer Lidl has begun the construction of a new distribution centre in the northern Rhein-Main area. Enhancing supply chain capabilities Lidl is investing "a double-digit million euro sum" in the new centre located at Magna-Park, that is scheduled to go live by the first quarter of 2014, reports Lebensmittel Zeitung. Lidl is also planning to open its fourth non-food distribu...
20 February 2013
Following the announcement Casino was reducing prices on branded goods at its hypermarkets, a trade press report from Olivier Dauvers shows significant reductions have kicked in on 5,000 branded items. Survey shows branded prices down 5-6% According to the report, price position on 5,000 branded goods has decreased by 5-6% at the group's hypermarkets. The move is clearly a response to trading ...
19 February 2013
According to trade press reports in Lineaires, Carrefour is set to roll out a new Market supermarket concept that has seen significant sales uplifts in tests. Theatre and local key elements of new concept According to Lineaires, the new concept sees more theatre in fresh, with local suppliers a central element of the offer. Market style table fixtures have transformed fruit and vegetables ...
19 February 2013
Sainsbury's has revealed that annual general merchandise sales have reached £1bn for the first time, following a bumper Christmas in which year-on-year sales were a third higher. Cookware and electricals drive growth Cookware sales over the year were up by 16%, helped by well presented own brand ranges such as Sainsbury's Cooks Collection. Small electricals also rose strongly with growth o...