Germany news 

06 May 2020
We share the latest news from Denmark as the country’s leading retailers report their 2019 results. Salling Group 2019 revenue: +1.5% to DKK56.7bn (USD $8.57 bn) Salling Group has recorded ‘the second-best results in the company’s history’, with revenue increasing by 1.5% to DKK56.7 bn (USD $8.57 bn). Profit ‘including income from the sale of Netto Sweden’ reached DKK2.4bn (USD $363m). E...
01 May 2020
As Russian discounter, Mere, plans to enter several European markets, we look at whether the hard discount model could make a comeback in a post-coronavirus world. Russian hard discounter, Mere, sets to expand in Europe Mere announced the opening of its third store in Germany, in the city of Halle. The discounter, part of Siberian group Torgservis, entered Germany in 2019 with the promise...
30 April 2020
Rewe has reported its sales for 2019, with total revenue growing to €62.7bn, up from €61.2bn in 2018. Independent food retailers report strong growth Rewe said its retailers in Germany saw growth of 9.1% in 2019, driving the overall positive growth and growing faster than its other groups. Store numbers increased by 92 to 1,810, up from 1,718 in 2018. Rewe continues to focus on its indep...
28 April 2020
Lidl Germany made a strong debut on TikTok, on 27 April, with more than 36m views for its viral #movelikelidl challenge on its first day! Promoting its careers to a new audience With its presence on TikTok, Lidl is expanding its social media activities alongside its existing accounts and channels, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. The new platform enables the discounter to better reach stud...
28 April 2020
Following its acquisition of Lekkerland in 2019, Rewe continues to look for further acquisition opportunities to complement its existing businesses. Long-term view Despite the significant effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Rewe is taking a long-term view and therefore wishes to continue investing in its retail and tourism businesses. The immediate impact of the pandemic has bee...
16 April 2020
The German Trade Association has laid out a plan for a gradual return to normality, as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. 1. Non-discriminatory guidelines The majority of shops remain closed across Germany but as this is reversed in the future, clear and consistent regulations are necessary to avoid legal uncertainty, unfair competition or collective uncertainty. Decisions shoul...
16 April 2020
We bring you the latest news on how retailers and suppliers are coping with the challenges of COVID-19 in Germany. We will continue to update this article with the latest initiatives. Ten-point plan for retail The German Trade Association has laid out a plan for a gradual return to normality. It includes measures to support small businesses, stimulate consumer spending, adjust labour l...
09 April 2020
Most European countries are in lock down, with plans to relax progressively New research suggests unprecedented recession since WWII for the year 2020 Impact on European countries’ GDPs could range from -6% to -19% Exceptional government measures in the Euro Area set to reach 15% GDP Lack of agreement among European ministers on how to mutualise the effort Number of cases begi...
23 March 2020
The situation for the UK foodservice industry has progressed rapidly since Friday when the government asked all pubs, restaurants, theatres and gyms to close.   Food-to-go store closures Over the weekend many of the country’s leading food-to-go operators, including McDonald’s, Starbucks, Costa, Pret and Nando’s  have closed stores – for takeaway, delivery and drive thru as well as dine-in. ...
13 March 2020
Around 100 of the retailers own brands will be merged by the end of 2020. Harmonising to improve competitiveness Aldi Nord and Aldi S üd will each take over some of the others proprietary brands. The main changes will be to the brand names of products and to the packaging designs. The move is expected to help Aldi reiterate its strong price position and improve its competitiveness in the...