Retail and consumer goods industry news

05 June 2013
The latest UK grocery market performance data from Nielsen shows that sales grew by 2.8% in the four weeks to 25 May.  However this figure disguises considerable variation within the period, with stronger growth in the first two weeks tailing off in the latter two as the weather turned colder and wetter once again. Category performance highly variable Across the market categories such as pr...
05 June 2013
The Co-operative has announced that Morrisons outgoing group finance director Richard Pennycook will become its new group finance director, as part of a wider strengthening of its senior team. Valuable experience from Morrisons Pennycook announced his intention to leave Morrisons a year ago and has just left the business after nearly eight years as group finance director. At the time he s...
04 June 2013
According to reports in LevensmiddelenKrant, Albert Heijn is set to improve its deli meat and cheese counters in all its stores in the Netherlands. Improvements follow in-store trial The changes to its deli counters will see the retailer adapt its ranges to offer fewer pre-packaged items in favour of additional fresh ones and follows on from trials at eight stores in the country. These change...
04 June 2013
Netherlands-based Ahold has announced first quarter results saying that sales rose by 4.1% - 4.4% at constant exchange rates – to €10.1 billion. Despite this growth, its chief executive, Dick Boer, said that it remained ‘cautious in our outlook for 2013’. Strong performance across divisions The retailer said that it had enjoyed a positive first quarter across all its operations. In the first ...
04 June 2013
In separate announcements, Carrefour has said that it is planning to add further convenience stores in Romania through franchising, while also declaring that it is enjoying success with its private label ranges. Private label share reaches 13% in Romania Vlad Ardelean, Carrefour’s Commercial Director in Romania, said that following growth of over 10% in 2012, private labels accounted for ...
04 June 2013
Lancashire-based supermarket group Booths has launched a new interactive loyalty card app offering customers a range of benefits. Booths Card offers mix of incentives Among the benefits offered to Booths Card holders are a 5% discount when buying six bottles of wine, a reusable bag after three shops and a quarterly digital magazine. Card holders are also able to log into their accounts on t...
04 June 2013
Following the company’s general meeting, Coop Hungary has appointed a new chief executive. Csepeli Lajos becomes new chief executive The retailer said that Csepeli Lajos had been appointed to the role of chairman and chief executive, taking over from Murányi Lászlót. On being chosen, Lajos said that a new strategy would be needed in future due to a ‘ market and economic environment ’. This se...
04 June 2013
Sales at Spanish retailer El Árbol were up 1.5% in 2012, but EBITDA was down 0.9%. Good result given economic context CEO Juan Pascual, in his foreword to the annual report, said this was a good result given the economic conditions and unemployment levels in Spain . Refurbishment was main focus of year  The retailer ended the year with 421 supermarkets and 31 cash & carries . Only...
04 June 2013
The French retailer, Auchan, has announced plans to finish its re-branding project by the end of 2013, following the opening of its first converted Real store in Russia. First re-branded store now open Following the purchase of 16 “Real” stores from Metro Group last year, Auchan  has opened its first re-branded store in Moscow this week. The retailer plans to have re-branded the remaini...
04 June 2013
Walmart has launched a series of fresh produce-focused initiatives in the US, including a new money back guarantee and changes to sourcing, training and operational processes. Extending the reach of its offer These are a comprehensive range of measures, designed to help Walmart build on its leading position in the fresh produce category. This has been a key focus for the retailer through ...