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France-based Auchan exited the Italian market and sold 1,600 stores to Conad in 2019. This saw the latter implement a rebranding strategy. Meanwhile, Esselunga has purchased six Auchan stores from Conad in northern Italy, while we provide an overview of Conad’s developments since its acquisition of Auchan’s stores in Italy.

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Italy-based Esselunga has launched a new design for its superstore format in Brescia in November 2019. Meanwhile, in December 2019 the retailer launched an experimental store format as it looks to target shoppers in new ways. Esselunga opens a new superstore design… On 27 November Esselunga launched its new superstore format in Brescia. The superstore has an underground car park and is open...
Esselunga has announced Sami Kahale, formerly its general manager will be its new CEO by the end of the year. Kahale will take over from Carlo Salza, who will become the company's chairman.  Meanwhile, separately, Esselunga confirmed its fiscal 2018 results. It said sales had increased 2.1% to €7.9 bn, although profit decreased by 6.3% to €286.6m, from €305.8m. Updating on its performance, Ess...
As Esselunga strengthens its partnership with the Cerea family, Despar and Glovo announce plans to grow their presence in Italy and MD acquires stores, we round up news from the country. Despar to continue expansion in 2019 Distribuzione Moderna reports on Despar Italia’s 2018 results, where it said turnover grew 3.5% to €3.5bn. Its turnover growth was supported by the opening of 29 new sto...

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