Western Europe news & analysis

09 January 2020
We visited one of the newest Leclerc drive piéton (pedestrian drive) to see how the retailer is testing new services, including a food-to-go (FTG) counter. The new concept has been created by Leclerc hypermarket owner Thomas Pocher, who created the very first Leclerc pedestrian drive in France in 2016. Source: IGD Research Offering more services and testing food-to-go Pocher current...
08 January 2020
Netherlands-based Jumbo has announced its annual results for 2019, posting an increase of 14% in turnover to €8.43 bn (US$5.2 bn). Jumbo’s foodservice format La Place saw its turnover increase by 10% to €165 m (US$183.7 m). Meanwhile, the conversion of the remaining Emté stores generated €85 m (US$94.6 m) in the first half of the year. Store network At the end of 2019, Jumbo operated a tota...
07 January 2020
We round up the latest results from Netherlands-based PLUS, Coop and Sligro as they post their FY2019 results. PLUS: 5.4% growth in turnover to €2.61 bn PLUS saw its turnover increase by 5.4% to €2.61 bn (US$2.92 bn) and its ecommerce sales growth reach 33%. The retailer attributed its growth to the addition of six entrepreneurs who switched to the formula during the year. 13 stores were al...
07 January 2020
50 store openings annually to 2020 Following the opening of 50 stores in 2019, Lidl France plans to continue on the same trend for the next two years to 2022. The discounter currently operates more than 1,500 stores in the country, making France Lidl’s second largest market after Germany. Successful results made possible thanks to €4.5 bn investments Since 2012, when Lidl changed its str...
23 December 2019
Italy-based Conad announced it generated an overall turnover of €14.3 bn in 2019, a 5.9% increase compared to 2018. Overall performance Conad’s managing director, Francesco Pugliese, stated the positive performance is a direct result of the cooperative’s entrepreneurial model and how it is investing in innovative initiatives and its brands.  Conad has increased its market share in Italy,...
20 December 2019
France’s market leader plans to open 100 second-hand stores, called Leclerc Occasion (second hand), in 2020 to reach a total of 130. The first store opened in 2018 in the south of France, and following its success both financially and amongst shoppers, the retailer is now accelerating its expansion. Source: Leclerc Occasion What is the concept? These second-hand stores are usually loc...
20 December 2019
Denmark-based Salling Group has committed to removing all private label products that contain caged eggs. In Sweden, Axfood develops its EMV private label range and announced plans to trial mobile pick-up stations in 2020. Meanwhile in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn launches a Christmas campaign and Jumbo takes over 17 HEMA locations. Denmark: Salling Group to remove private label SKUs containi...
20 December 2019
France-based Auchan has launched a new hypermarket in Paco de Arcos. Additionally, over 250 new stores were opened in Portugal from 2018 to 2019. Auchan invests €16m in new hypermarket Auchan has announced it invested €16m into its 6,000 sq. m hypermarket in Paco de Arcos. The retailer claims it has introduced several innovative features. Shoppers have the option to eat in, with a cafeteria...
20 December 2019
Pam has introduced a new format store in Padua, called PamCity. Meanwhile, DESPAR revealed an increased turnover in 2019. Separately, SPAR Italy has applied a digital solution to help increase efficiency across the northeast of Italy. Finally, Carrefour has acquired 28 stores from Conad. Conad sells 28 Auchan stores to Carrefour Italia Carrefour Italia has purchased 28 Auchan stores in nort...
19 December 2019
We round up the latest news from Picnic and Vomar, as the merger between Ekoplaza and Marqt is approved. Picnic to build a robotic fulfilment centre… Online supermarket Picnic has announced plans to invest €250 m (US$278.4 m) in building a robotic fulfilment centre (FC). All existing shareholders have contributed to financing the FC and ABN AMRO has provided a bank loan of €50 m (US$56 m). ...