Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

10 June 2019
Joint ventures and partnerships by some of Russia’s leading ecommerce retailers is evolving the channel’s service levels. Alibaba and Yandex are forming partnerships with various companies to develop their online shopping offer and improve their services. Such a move is encouraging competing ecommerce retailers in Russia, such as Ozone, to enhance theirs too. Alibaba signs strategic partners...
28 May 2019
Tesco’s loss-making operation in Poland has been a drag on the retailer’s profitability in central Europe. Tesco Poland has managed to turn around its profitability via its three-year transformation programme, which has helped boost regional profit in 2018. Tesco has done this by reorganising its logistical and store operations to introduce cost efficiencies and offer shoppers lower prices, which...
22 May 2019
Netherlands-based SPAR International reported sales rose 5.4% globally to €35.8bn. The organisation said entry into four new markets, the addition of 335 new stores and the continued focus on its ‘Better Together’ strategy had underpinned the pace of its growth. 2018 ‘an exceptionally strong year for SPAR’ Discussing the results, SPAR International’s managing director, Tobias Wasmuht, descr...
22 May 2019
Dino Polska reported a 22.7% year-on-year growth in revenue to reach PLN1,560m (US$406m) in the first quarter of 2019. This comes off the back of a robust growth strategy to improve its trading position with suppliers and effective in-store initiatives to attract store footfall. Retailer continues with dynamic growth rate… The retailer grew faster than the market of around 5.5% in Q1 2019...
14 May 2019
Schwarz Group released its financial year 2018/19 results, reporting a strong sales increase of 7.4% to €104.3bn. The growth was driven by Lidl and the group’s international operations. Lidl’s turnover increased by 8.8% to €81.2bn while Kaufland’s sales grew by 1.6% to €22.6bn. Tönsmeier Group, the waste disposal company acquired in 2018, generated sales of €500m. According to Schwarz Group’...
14 May 2019
We visited Kaufland stores in Krakow, Poland, to look at its latest developments in the country. We were impressed by the initiatives it was taking to create a more relevant range for shoppers and to help it differentiate itself from the competition. 1. Retailer partnering with start-ups to develop new products Kaufland allocated a gondola-end for new product developments from several start...
07 May 2019
The three leading Russian retailers X5, Magnit and Lenta reported above market sales growth for the first quarter of 2019. Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development lowered its forecast growth of total national retail sales for 2019 from 1.7% to 1.6%. This is significant drop from the 2.8% growth rate reported in 2018. The three retailers continue to consolidate the market as they grow sales at...
03 May 2019
ICA released its first quarter results, reporting consolidated net sales increase of 2.8% to SEK28,098m (€2.7bn) and net profit of SEK813m (€77.4m). Sweden and Lithuania continue to be the markets where the group experiences the strongest growth. Sweden: net sales +2.2%, driven by prices at retail and volumes at wholesale In its home market, ICA reported consolidated sales of SEK19,793m (€...
30 April 2019
Both companies reported a decrease in group net sales during the first quarter. From a retail point of view, Kesko said it performed much better and gained market share, thanks to growing in-store traffic and strong online sales. Kesko’s retail sales grow by 1.5% Kesko released its first quarter sales, reporting net sales of €.,4bn, with like-for-like sales decreasing by 0.6%, partly due to...
16 April 2019
As Carrefour looks to improve the experience for shoppers of its hypermarkets on a global basis, we round up developments from country operations as they look to make its largest store relevant for today and in the long term. Carrefour trialling Quitoque click and collect concept Using the Quitoque recipe box solution, Carrefour has launched a trial of a click and collect solution at five s...