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Belgium-based Colruyt Group has reported its 2019 results with total revenue increasing by 1.6% to over €9.5 bn (US $10.6 bn). The group noted that on a comparable basis, revenue rose by 1.7% including petrol and 1.4% excluding petrol, while gross margin rose by 0.5% to 26.8%.

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Ahold Delhaize has reported that its 2020 Q1 net sales increased by 12.7% at constant exchange rates to €18.2 bn. The retailer acknowledged impact of COVID-19, with Group comparable sales being ‘favourably impacted by 26.9% growth in March’ .  USA: Q1 +13.7%; comparable sales in March +33.8% Performance was driven by comparative % in March due primarily to COVID-19’ . Europe: Q1 +9.8%; ...
Carrefour reported first quarter sales, with like-for-like (LFL) sales rising 7.8%. Although the performance benefited from ‘ precautionary purchases in March ’, driven by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and lockdown conditions in its European operations, the retailer enjoyed ‘ a solid performance in January and February ’. Quarter, especially March, affected by impact of coronavirus Ca...
Netherlands-based Jumbo’s chief executive, Frits van Eerd, has outlined the retailer’s plans to expand the brand further into Europe. Expanding in Belgium… Van Eerd would like to further expand the brand’s presence in Belgium and, then, eventually introduce it in France. Jumbo currently operates two stores in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium. The main challenge of expan...

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11/06/2020
How retailers can maximise the sales opportunity as consumers switch from eating-out to dining-in during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report includes examples of new innovation from retailers such as Sainsbury's, Musgrave, S-Group, FamilyMart, Ahold Delhaize and Loblaw.
04/06/2020
Aldi Nord has developed a traceability code system for its fresh meat products. It is called Aldi Transparency Code (ATC) and provides shoppers with detailed information regarding products’ provenance.
28/05/2020
Members of staff often disinfect the trolley handles. However, one supermarket has started to use an automated robot to do this in under thirty seconds. The AD Delhaize, in Roeselare, claims to be the country’s first supermarket with a robot that disinfects the handle of trolleys.
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