Europe news & analysis

12 March 2013
John Lewis has announced it is investing £2million trialling a new food concept at its Watford department store, offering John Lewis customers access to Waitrose products as they shop. Look and feel 'like a little Waitrose' The store will be managed by the John Lewis division, occupying 5,500 sq ft of space on the second floor which was previously used as back of house. The offer will look ...
12 March 2013
Auchan has opened its new fresh concept store, under the Arcimbo fascia, in Villeparisis, Seine-et-Marne, in the north-eastern suburbs of Paris. Fresh focus to complement Drive outlet This store located next to an Auchan Drive outlet, where it is hoped that its focus on fresh produce will complement the purchases of dry or bulk goods made by customers using the Drive service.  Auchan ...
12 March 2013
In a presentation to a retailing event in the country, the founder of Netherlands-based Jumbo, Karel van Eerd, said that the company’s aim was to drive turnover to €7 billion by 2017. Plans envisages doubling of sales through Jumbo stores In 2012 Jumbo branded stores generated sales of €3.2 billion, with sales growth boosted by the rebranding of C1000 stores to the Jumbo banner. The doublin...
11 March 2013
Tesco has launched a new coupon-at-till price comparison system that refunds the difference to shoppers if products could have been bought for less at its main rivals. Significantly, the new scheme covers both branded and private label products, and builds on trials of the couponing technology in Northern Ireland. Own brand and promotions included Distinctively, the new Tesco Price Promis...
08 March 2013
Catalan retailer Bon Preu grew sales by 6.5% in 2012, thanks to five new store openings. Positive result given economic conditions Bon Preu's turnover reached €752m in 2012, as it increased store numbers to 157.  Like-for-like sales growth was flat.  Catching up with Condis Bon Preu is catching up with fellow Catalan retailer Condis Supermercats , which reported turnover of €801m in ...
08 March 2013
Aldi Süd in Germany is centralising the purchasing of all its fruit and vegetables through an extended buying team at its Mülheim office, reports Lebensmittel Zeitung. Following Aldi Nord The new model will mirror the process already being used at sister company Aldi Nord. While Aldi Süd began purchasing some all-season produce centrally two years ago, it will now be extending this proc...
08 March 2013
As part of its 2012 results announcement, in which it revealed a 7% increase in gross revenue, Mercadona said it is temporarily postponing international expansion in favour of focusing on the development of a sustainable agri-food chain.  Focus on developing a sustainable agri-food chain Mercadona reported a 7% increase in gross revenue for 2012, to €19,077m, and net profit of €508m, al...
07 March 2013
Sales at the John Lewis Partnership increased by 9.3% to £9.5bn in the year to January 26 2013, driven by a strong sales uplifts at both Waitrose and John Lewis.  Impressive performance from Waitrose Waitrose gross sales were ahead by 6.7% at £5.7bn. LFLs (excl. petrol) increased by 3.4%, with an acceleration in the second half, as the impact of significant investment in lowering prices was...
07 March 2013
Carrefour revealed solid full year sales of €76.8bn, a 0.9% increase year-on-year, but there's hard work ahead to drive growth in 2013. Reducing its debt by divesting of operations in non-core markets and seeing more than three-fold increase in net profit to €1.23bn marks the start of a new strategic phase for the retailer. Improvements in the domestic market In France Carrefour delive...
07 March 2013
BIMcell, the mobile communications brand of BIM, has reached 250,000 subscribers within nine months of launch in March 2012. The service offers prepaid calling services in Turkey and 97% network coverage across the country. BIMcell enjoys growth but is a small operator in the wider market Other competitors include Turkcell, Vodafone (previously Telsim) and Avea. BIMcell is the most recent m...