Western Europe news & analysis

04 November 2019
As part of its aim to create an omnichannel universe of reference, Carrefour is investing heavily in its ecommerce and digital channels. As part of this it is looking to encourage further shoppers online and drive growth in specific categories. We round up developments from the retailer as it looks to meet this aim across its operations in Europe. Carrefour to take advantage of Singles Day ...
31 October 2019
Retailers globally are looking at ways to limit the use of plastic throughout their supply chains. The initiatives aim to balance the need to protect the quality of products, while also reducing their use of plastic and, therefore, their impact on the environment. We look at five ways retailers are aiming to reduce their use of plastics. Asda launches plastic free herbs Asda has introduced ...
30 October 2019
Sweden-based ICA and Axfood have reported a 3.4% and 5.7% increase in consolidated net sales respectively. Meanwhile, Finland-based Kesko saw a 6.1% increase in net sales. ICA: 3.4% sales increase ICA Sweden saw consolidated net sales increase by 3.4% to SEK29,818m (US$3,079m) in Q3 2019. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, for the period was SEK1,599m (US$165m) and...
29 October 2019
Gruppo 3A partners with Despar Italia to expand its operational plans. Separately, Carrefour partners with Coldiretti to promote 100% Italian products in Italy and internationally. Meanwhile, Supermercato24 acquires Poland-based Szopi to accelerate its regional expansion strategy. Gruppo 3A partners with Despar Italia From 1 January 2020 Gruppo 3A will partner with Despar Italia. The partne...
29 October 2019
We look at how Coop Sweden is converting its recently purchased Netto stores. Meanwhile in Belgium, Lidl is trialling a click and collect service as Colruyt rolls out its speech assistant technology. Separately, Jumbo is expanding its online business range in the Netherlands. Sweden: Coop to convert 13 Netto stores Coop Sweden has started converting 13 Netto stores in Västergötland. The sto...
28 October 2019
As the retailer’s leading banners launch a range of new stores, we look at the new designs being rolled out by Casino and its Franprix and Monoprix banners. Casino introduces lunch-focused store Trade publication LSA has reported on the launch of Casino #PauseDéj! a store focused on meeting shoppers’ lunchtime needs. The trial, which has been running since 2 September, has seen the retailer...
28 October 2019
Metro Group reports its Q4 sales, which grew by 3.9% to €7.6bn (2.7% on a constant currency basis) and its full year sales which were up by 1.5% to €29.9bn (2.5% on a constant currency basis). Sales by region In Germany, Metro's domestic market, Cash & Carry sales were up 0.6% on a like for like basis, with sales in Western Europe up 2.2% (2% constant currency basis), driven primarily by Po...
28 October 2019
Jerónimo Martins has announced a positive sales performance for Q3 2019.   Positive Q3 results Jerónimo Martins’ consolidated sales increased by 8.7% with like-for-like (LFL) performance of 6.2%, in Q3 2019. Group net profit increased 3.5% to €302m, despite the impact of the additional Sunday closures in Poland. Net profit in Q3 2019 grew 8% compared to Q3 2018. Division performance J...
24 October 2019
Portugal-based Sonae announced its food retail category sales increased by 5.4%, in H1 2019 and it expects a turnover of 5.5% to 6%.  Meanwhile, the group plans to invest €725m towards store expansions, maintenance and improvements, by 2021. Expansion strategy Sonae MC claims it expects the Portuguese market to be one of the fastest growing in Europe. The group currently operates 173 Contin...
22 October 2019
Sligro reports a 2.3% sales growth for Q3 2019, while Ekoplaza takes over sustainable supermarket Marqt. Separately, Jumbo rebrands its six Agrimarkt stores and Superunie expands its baby private label range. Jumbo to renovate and rebrand Agrimarkt Stores Jumbo has announced it will renovate and rebrand the six Agrimarkt stores it purchased earlier in 2019. The stores will be closed after t...