Western Europe news & analysis

10 May 2021
Asda has published its first Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. In it the retailer highlights how it plans to make it easier and affordable for shoppers to lead more sustainable lives. In preparation for the report, Asda communicated with over 3,000 customers to understand which ESG issues matter most to them. Three priorities stand out for Asda shoppers Asda’s research show...
10 May 2021
Casino said net sales fell by €1.1 bn to €7.1 bn in Q1 2021 versus the year before. Net sales fell by €467m in France, where strong growth at Cdiscount offset challenges elsewhere, while they decreased, in euro terms, by €680m in Latin America. However, the retailer noted the sharp improvement in its profitability during the quarter, with its EBITDA rising by €22m to €429m, driven by its on-going...
10 May 2021
Casino-owned Cnova has reported a strong performance in its first quarter, with growth driven by the number of users buying through its marketplace rising strongly. Marketplace represents 46% of GMV sales in Q1 2021 Cnova reported traffic, in millions of visits, increased by 18.9% to 294m in Q1 2021. More visits led to more orders, with the number rising by 16.9% overall, but with orders ov...
07 May 2021
Rewe has opened a ‘grab-and-go’-focused store in Cologne, which uses technology from Israel-based computer vision company Trigo. Store to open initially to Rewe staff and loyalty cardholders Rewe and Trigo said the store, which is on Zeppelinstraße, close to Cologne’s Neumarkt, will only be open to the retailer’s employees and loyalty cardholders. The companies are planning for the store to...
06 May 2021
As Carrefour Belgium opens its first distribution centre following its partnership with Food-X technologies and Rewe and Albert Heijn trial new last mile delivery solutions, we round up ecommerce developments from across Europe. Carrefour Belgium’s new ecommerce DC starts operations Following on from its announcement in Q3 2020 , Carrefour Belgium’s new distribution centre, which was bui...
06 May 2021
After a period of logistical issues, which led to most retailers being unable to provide promotions or offers on most everyday items, market leader Mercadona has revealed plans to lower prices to meet its main strategy of offering shoppers everyday low prices. Separately, Bon Preu and Plusfresc announced 2020 results and 2021 investment plans. Mercadona lowers prices, sets its sights on Sev...
05 May 2021
After SPAR’s local partners in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia report their results and performance in 2020, we round up how they have increased sales and the reasons behind this growth. DESPAR Italia enjoys turnover growth of 8.4% in 2020 Despar Italia reported its turnover reached €3.9 bn in 2020, up 8.4% on 2019’s results. While demand was aided by the pandemic, the company said its performa...
04 May 2021
Germany-based Edeka generated sales of €61 bn in 2020, a rise of 9.5%, or €5.3 bn, on the previous year. The performance was driven by COVID-19, which saw it position itself as a responsible grocer, while it also added new stores across its major banners. Strength across banners… Edeka branded stores generated sales worth €33.1 bn, a rise of more than €4 bn on 2019’s figure, with 82 new sto...
29 April 2021
After much anticipation Eataly opened its first UK store in London, and 43 rd globally, in the City close to Liverpool Street Station. The concept of Eataly is simple: showcasing the best of Italian gastronomy in a place blending grocery retail and foodservice.  Here is a first look at what is probably the most impressive grocery store opening in the British capital over the recent years. A p...
28 April 2021
Explore how the Netherlands’ Jumbo is set to reduce its plastic consumption, while Beverage Carton and the Environment (ACE) has announced a 10-year sustainability roadmap set to deliver sustainable packaging by 2030. Meanwhile, Nomad Foods has partnered with the WWF to make an impact in the agricultural world and the UK’s Sainsbury’s has eliminated 18.5m plastic straws, replacing them with pa...