Western Europe news & analysis

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 ...
09 March 2020
Pam Panorama has launched its home delivery service, available in Milan. Moreover, SPAR Italia introduces apps and games to increase shopper experience. Separately, Bennet introduced Filiera Valore, a private label brand dedicated to fish and meat products. Pam introduces home delivery Pam has introduced a home delivery service in Milan, called Pam a Casa. The retailer has partnered with Re...
06 March 2020
France-based O’tera has five sustainable stores, all located in the Hauts de France region in the north of the country. The retailer offers only food groceries including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, bakery products, dairy products and local wines. We visited O’tera Aulnoy, to identify its sustainable concepts. Source: IGD Research Establishing a sustainable store   O’tera offers ...
05 March 2020
Tesco has launched a new value campaign aiming to bring direct price competititiveness versus its leading discount rival, Aldi, across a range of the most frequently bought products. The 'Aldi Price Match' initiative, launched today, 5 March, sees Tesco committing to match Aldi's price on hundreds of products, private label and branded, to ensure its customers can get best value on the core el...
04 March 2020
Italy-based Esselunga announced strong sales growth of 2.9% in 2019, taking its turnover to €8.1 bn. The growth came despite tough trading conditions in the Italian market. Meanwhile, the retailer has confirmed plans to continue its expansion in 2020 and 2021. Sales performance The retailer claims the increased sales are a direct impact of a few short-term investment plans including the gro...
28 February 2020
Jerónimo Martins has announced plans to expand into three new countries with two of its banners: Biedronka and Hebe. Biedronka is anticipating entering Romania and Hebe is planning to enter Czech Republic and Slovakia, with the latter’s expansion planned for late 2020. The group claims it will invest €750m to reinforce its 2019 activity. Pingo Doce’s short term investment plans Portugal-bas...
24 February 2020
Sonae MC has announced it achieved a record turnover, with sales increasing by 9.2% to €4.7bn in 2019. This performance was aided by like-for-like (LFL) sales growth of 3%. Positive sales performance Sonae announced its sales growth highlighting a strong performance across all its channels, hypermarkets, supermarkets and new growth businesses. Hypermarkets sales grew to €1.65 bn, a growt...