Western Europe news & analysis

08 April 2020
We look at how retailers across Italy are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to products as they respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update this article with the latest measures. Technological developments Retailers understand queuing outside and inside stores is increasing shoppers’ exposure to coronavirus. The Italian government has launche...
08 April 2020
Tesco has released robust full year results for the year to 29 February 2020, together with an update on how it is supporting customers and colleagues through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Headline results (actual exchange rates, 52 week change) Group sales: -0.7% to £56.5bn UK & Ireland sales: +0.1%, +0.2% LFL Tesco UK: -0.6%, -0.3% LFL Booker sales: +5.0%, +3.3% LFL Ce...
07 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. Rewe urges customers to shop early for Easter In order to spread the demand and help the supply chain, Rewe is encouraging its shoppers to shop early for Easter, to avoid the peak that usually occurs on select...
06 April 2020
We look at how retailers in Portugal are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to products, as they respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Continente Sonae MC-owned Continente revealed measures have been set to secure the safety of both shoppers and employees. The measures introduced to protect shoppers include: Keeping opening hours business as usual, any updates will be ...
02 April 2020
With increased pressure on pharmacies and an exceptional increase in demand for health, hygiene and personal care products, Boots continues to evolve its approach to best serve customers and communities.   Donating 200,000 essential products Building on its existing relationship with the Hygiene Bank , Boots will donate essential toiletries to hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis, with t...
02 April 2020
Sales for the first half ending 29th February rose +2.7% to US$70.2bn (3.2% on a constant currency basis). Operating income saw double digit decline, down -23% to US$2.2bn. Performance in Q2 exceeds expectations Retail Pharmacy USA This division delivered +3.8% growth in the second quarter, with comparable store sales up +2.7%. This was driven by strong growth in pharmacy (+5.3%) refle...
01 April 2020
We look at how retailers across Spain are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to products as they respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update this article with the latest measures. Mercadona Mercadona has outlined how it will increase awareness and safety by communicating with shoppers, the group’s recommendations are:   No family or grou...
01 April 2020
We look at the actions and responses of retailers across France as they look to support the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Tuesday 17 March, France’s president Emmanuel Macron took the unprecedented decision of putting the country into complete lockdown to try to slow down the spread of the virus. It made France the third European country to take this step nationally, af...
27 March 2020
The EU has instructed member states to take steps to improve the flow of goods across borders during the Coronavirus crisis. Border crossings must now incorporate “Green” lanes, which will allow freight of all kinds to pass with minimal delay or discrimination. Crossing a border should take no more than 15 minutes. States are also urged to suspend other measures which might disrupt the fl...
26 March 2020
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, EU antitrust regulators have relaxed the competition law for suppliers to coordinate the distribution of scarce products. The competition law normally forbids retailers from exchanging information on their stocks, prices and sales under rules that target illegal cartels. However, the pandemic may require cooperation from retailers to ensure the ...