Europe news & analysis

05 March 2013
Aldi Hofer in Austria, is increasing its focus on premium products with its new Gourmet range. Covering multiple categories The Gourmet range was launched this week as part of Hofer's limited availability lines. The 32 products included prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, scallops and nougat as well as premium versions of core listings, such as pesto, muesli and crisps. The packaging paral...
05 March 2013
Major national UK cash & carry wholesaler Bestway has launched a significant new annual initiative entitled 'CORE Range' which aims to offer all its retail customers threefold forms of support to help drive their businesses.  The programme mixes information and education on ranging and merchandising to optimise the in-store offer, ongoing deals to provide customer value and drive sales, plus rewa...
05 March 2013
Russian retailer Dixy Group is planning on spending up to RUB 50bn on expansion over the next three years. Room to grow CEO Ilya Yakubson has stated that Dixy has “room to grow” and is seeking to have a store network of 3,000 by the end of 2015, doubling what it currently operates. This expansion plan is in line with the Dixy Group’s aim to double its annual revenue over the next three ...
05 March 2013
The latest data from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) show that UK retail sales growth accelerated to 4.4% in February 2013, with like-for-like growth on 2.7% the strongest seen since December 2009. Uplift driven by non-food While the February figures show growth across all retailing sectors, non-food retail was the strongest element, with clothing, health ...
05 March 2013
The managing director of Lloydspharmacy, Mark James, has left the company after less than a year in the post. Third departure in two and a half years Mark James, who was appointed managing director of Celesio UK in April 2012, has been replaced by Cormach Tobin, the managing director of the group's Irish division. A new Celesio UK board structure was announced last April, which included...
05 March 2013
Mercadona has announced its intention to enter the Basque Country, opening its first store in late 2014 or early 2015. Strategic plan involves commitment to 25 stores Mercadona has submitted a strategic plan which will see it invest more than €50m, over the next six years, to open 25 stores in the autonomous community and create 1,000 jobs.  Mercadona will also commit to purchase at leas...
04 March 2013
Following a successful trial in Northern Ireland, Tesco is to roll out a voucher-at-till price matching initiative across the UK next Monday as part of a major push to strengthen its value credentials, according to press reports. Comparison with major rivals An extension of the retailer's existing online Price Promise scheme, the new scheme will instantly compare prices to those offered by A...
04 March 2013
Poundland is building a new distribution centre in Harlow to support its rapid expansion. Investing in supply chain The new 350,000 sq ft distribution centre, costing £40m, will operate as  Poundland's main distribution centre for the south east of the UK and has the capacity to serve up to 200 stores. The new centre is planned to be fully operational by 2014. Rapid expansion Poun...
04 March 2013
Discount retailer Poundworld, has revealed that its Discount Wholesale operation has seen a massive rise in sales since going online. Impressive sales growth Since last year, the Discount Wholesale business has seen an uplift of 400%, following the launch of the website (www.discountwholesale.co.uk) in May 2012. The website offers over 2,000 products, targeting independent retailers, cove...
04 March 2013
Nisa Retail has announced a £100 million refinancing package to help continue its growth strategy and further develop its offer for members. Extending activities throughout the UK Nisa members trade approximately 3,750 stores throughout the UK , with Nisa Retail's turnover growing 50% over the last 5 years to £1.5 billion. The funding made available by Barclays will be used to extend Nisa's...