Western Europe news & analysis

20 March 2020
Here we bring you a short summary of the present impact of the disease on regional economic performance. The current situation As Europe becomes the focus of the worldwide pandemic and country after country implements its own measures, the role of grocery retailing shifts from a formidable commercial operation to supporting the wider population. Individual governments are working with the f...
20 March 2020
Casino Group announced on 20 March it had come to an agreement with Aldi France regarding the sale of 567 Leader Price stores and three warehouses. Stores to be converted to Aldi branding The transferred stores will be converted to the Aldi banner. Casino Group will remain the owner of the brand Leader Price, used through private label products, currently sold across some of the group’s for...
20 March 2020
From next week, the government will temporarily relax some elements of Competition Law to enable retailers to work together and share resources.  This announcement comes as the government confirmed that it would temporarily relax drivers’ hours rules and relax plastic bag charges for online deliveries. Sharing data and pooling resources The changes will enable retailers to share data on sto...
19 March 2020
Spain-based Mercadona said it increased revenue by 4.9% in 2019, to €25.5 bn. Meanwhile, the retailer has committed to further sustainability initiatives and outlined its 2020 investment plans. Sales performance Mercadona announced sales growth of 4.9% to €25.5 bn and net profit growth of 5.1% to €623m. The retailer opened 46 stores and closed 46 stores and refurbished 351 stores, ending 20...
18 March 2020
With ecommerce struggling to cope with high levels of demand, the physical store remains the main destination for many shoppers. Staff in stores are in direct contact with shoppers and so are at risk. It’s key to put these staff at the heart of your crisis management to protect them as they are paramount in providing food to people. Key points to consider In badly affected markets, su...
18 March 2020
2020’s official Fairtrade Fortnight ran from 24 February to 8 March. We look at how two retailers supported the event. Lidl: fair deals Lidl highlighted its Fairtrade campaign online and in-stores, with promotions raising the visability of the ranges to shoppers. The retailer’s online platform highlighted over 50 Fairtrade products, providing further information about them to educate shoppe...
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...
10 March 2020
France-based Auchan announced its 2019 full year results, saying revenue at its Retail division fell by 1.4%, at current exchange rates, to €45.8 bn. It noted that revenue had increased in nine countries where it operates stores, but declined in France and Russia. The numbers… By division, Auchan said its Retail had seen: Total sales: fell by 1.4%, at current exchange rates, to €45....
09 March 2020
Spain-based DIA released its FY 2019 results saying sales decreased by 9.3% compared to 2018. Meanwhile, the group highlighted its transformation initiatives across its four pillars, which it is aiming to help it achieve positive results in 2020. Sales performance DIA announced net sales of €6.8 bn, a decrease of 9.3% compared to 2018 and like-for-like (LFL) sales declined by 7.6%. The reta...
09 March 2020
Eroski announced it launched over 50 franchised stores under several banners, including Eroski City and Eroski Center. Meanwhile, DIA Brazil appointed a new CEO to lead the restructuring process in the country. Separately, Consum has revealed growth for its Charter franchise, generating revenue of €320m in 2019. Eroski opens over 50 franchised stores in 2019 Eroski has revealed it launched ...