Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

24 January 2019
Dixy, Bristol and Red & White have decided to merge their retail networks. The combined business is expected to generate revenue of over RUB650bn (US$9.8bn) and operate over 13,000 stores at the end of 2019. The owners of Dixy and Bristol, Igor Kesaev and Sergey Katsiev, will take a 51% share in equity, with Red & White owner Sergey Studennikov holding the remaining 49% stake. Merger places pr...
23 January 2019
France-based Carrefour said total sales, at constant exchange rates and including VAT, fell by 0.8% (excluding various accounting changes) in the fourth quarter to €23.0bn. A better than expected result in France, where like-for-likes fell by only 0.1%, was aided by its performance in Latin America, but hindered by continued weakness in Europe, excluding France, and Asia. France: hypermarkets’...
23 January 2019
Ahold Delhaize has released its Q4 results, reporting that net sales increased by 3.0% at constant exchange rates to €16.6bn. Meanwhile net sales for the full year increased by 2.5% at constant exchange rates to €62.8bn. USA Q4 net sales: +2.6% to €9.8bn The retailer’s business in the USA, which accounts for around 60% of sales, saw Q4 net sales increase by 2.6% at constant exchange rates t...
22 January 2019
Amazon is offering customers in Denmark, Finland, Sweden, as well as the Czech Republic, free delivery from Amazon.de . Free standard delivery Amazon customers from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and Finland can now receive free standard delivery on qualifying orders over €39 when purchasing from the Amazon Germany website. Shoppers with qualifying orders will automatically be offered...
22 January 2019
France-based Auchan has announced that it will not develop its drugstore chain, Lillapois in Russia. It will close one of its two Lillapois stores to focus on its hypermarkets and supermarkets in the country. Auchan will close Lillapois store in Moscow… Lillapois was first launched in the Troika shopping centre in Moscow in August 2016. The assortment included cosmetics, perfumery and perso...
18 January 2019
We round up the latest news from Carrefour Poland. The retailer has formed partnerships with petrol station operators and shopping channel Szopi.pl to extend its reach. Separately, Carrefour is rolling out self-service checkouts to its franchise convenience stores. Carrefour partners with petrol station operators… In September 2018, Carrefour launched a new franchise store concept for owner...
18 January 2019
Auchan has partnered with Uber Eats to extend its food offer, with its sister company Oney Bank to launch a biometric payment system and with WDP to lease a warehouse from. Auchan partners with Uber Eats… Auchan has signed an agreement with Uber Eats, connecting its Auchan Cotroceni store to the platform. The retailer hopes to offer the service to all stores in Bucharest, although it did no...
18 January 2019
Germany-based Globus opened its 14 th hypermarket in Russia in November 2018. The 22,500 sq m store, in Balashikha near Moscow, is expected to receive seven million customers annually. “Buyers will be able to find everything” The hypermarket in Balashikha offers a large assortment, of 45,000 SKUs, with between 30% and 45% manufactured by suppliers in the Moscow region. It covers all food c...
18 January 2019
We look at how Carrefour Romania is expanding its Bringo service, investing further in logistics, while it has also appointed a new operations manager. Carrefour extends the Bringo service… Bringo is an integrated platform that allows customers to choose between stores, place orders and receive home delivery within 90 minutes. Carrefour became the majority shareholder of the app in 2017 and...
17 January 2019
Metro’s total sales declined by -0.6% to €8.0bn in Q1 2018/19, compared to the same period last year. The decline was driven by negative currency effects in Russia and Eastern Europe. Like-for-like (lfl) sales for the group rose 2.3% in the period. Eastern Europe (excluding Russia) and Asia remain Metro’s most dynamic regions, whilst Germany saw a decline in lfl sales. Q1 2018/19 results by re...