Western Europe news & analysis

16 December 2019
Amazon has secured the rights to stream Champions League games in Germany. Bringing Champions League football to customers Amazon has secured the rights to broadcast a range of Champions League matches and will show these on Tuesday evenings for the 2021-2022 season. The retailer has had the audio rights for the German Bundesliga since 2017, but this will be the first time it shows live gam...
13 December 2019
With the upcoming disposals of the Chinese operations and Real, Metro Group will be better placed to focus on its core wholesale business. Disposals underway The sales of Metro China has been confirmed, with partner Wumei taking a majority stake. Metro Group is expected to receive over €1bn in net proceeds once the deal is completed. Metro has also confirmed that it is in exclusive talks ov...
13 December 2019
At ICA’s Capital Markets Day, the retailer presented prioritised step-changes, which the Board of Directors will adopt for the next three years. The step-changes will replace ICA’s previous strategic priorities. Outlining the step-changes The following step-changes apply to all or large parts of the business: Common sourcing within ICA Gruppen Creating business value through AI and...
12 December 2019
Bon Preu has invested €10m in its online channel, expanding its home delivery to more regions. Mercadona is leading the Spanish market in ‘ready to eat’ meals. Separately, AliExpress has partnered with Nomo to offer Spanish freelancers and Nomo users access to business tools and financial services. Meanwhile, Alcampo CEO retires and is replaced by Américo Ribeiro, CEO of Auchan Italia. Bon Pre...
10 December 2019
Belgium-based Colruyt has posted its results for the first half of 2019/20, reporting a revenue increase of 2.8% to €4.7 bn (US$5.2 bn) and net profit of €196 m (US$217 m). The figure was boosted by the extension of the financial year for French companies and by the integration of Fiets!. The Group noted on a comparable basis, revenue rose 2.1% including petrol and 1.9% excluding petrol. In addit...
09 December 2019
Alibaba-owned AliExpress has launched its second physical store in Barcelona. Eroski has partnered with Agroganadera de Álava Union to promote local agricultural products. Meanwhile, Consum launches a new supermarket model, which focuses on forming a sustainable environment. Separately, HD Covalco announces a positive turnover and a new cash and carry store opening. AliExpress opens second phy...
09 December 2019
SPAR Switzerland has partnered with the food rescue app, Too Good To Go. Meanwhile, the SPAR partner for the Northeast of Italy and Emilia-Romagna region, Aspiag Service, has opened two new stores in Verona and Padua. Switzerland: partners with Too Good To Go In Switzerland, SPAR has joined the Too Good To Go platform to help reduce its food waste. In partnership with the app, 55 SPAR store...
06 December 2019
Italy-based Selex has predicted a positive turnover of €11 bn for 2019. The retailer alliance also discussed how the market is unpredictable. Furthermore, the group has highlighted ambitious 2020 goals as its members look to continue their expansion plans.   Sales performance The Selex Group has announced its turnover is estimated to be €11 bn in 2019, an increase of 4.2% compared to 2018. ...
02 December 2019
Intermaché has begun testing a new technology for its supply chain operations and is investing in an exclusive private label range. Spain-based Mercadona is accelerating its expansion strategy in Portugal, announcing it is opening a further four stores. Meanwhile, Continente has developed an efficient payment feature on its app. Intermarché test new supply chain solutions Intermarché is pla...
26 November 2019
Carrefour has announced it is looking to deepen its partnership with Fnac Darty, which could lead the latter to establish around 30 Darty standalone stores in its hypermarkets in France under exclusive operating agreements. The companies said the deal would require prior approval by the Competition Authority. Repurposing space key to 2022 Transformation Plan Carrefour made reallocating more...