Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

11 July 2019
SPAR International has announced the brand’s entry into its 27 th European market, Kosovo. Three stores will be opened under the brand by the end of 2019, with it aiming to operate 35 in the country in five years. Opportunities for local suppliers SPAR Kosovo has been set up by a group of experienced partners in FMCG wholesale, retail, food safety and international franchising. Together wi...
25 June 2019
As Carrefour’s chief executive, Alexandre Bompard, says the retailer is not planning to exit any further countries, and its country operations in Belgium and Poland expand their offer, we round up news for the retailer. Bompard: no plans for more market exits… Bompard, in an interview with BFM Business TV, has said the retailer has no plans to exit more countries, following the sale of an...
21 June 2019
Frisco.pl reported a 37% increase in sales in 2018 to reach PLN96.5m (US$25.6m). This continues the double-digit growth rates it has been reporting since 2015. The pure online retailer is set to grow at above the rate for the channel, which we estimate to be around 15% between 2019 and 2023. Frisco.pl is far from profitability, but it is getting there Sales performance is illustrating gro...
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
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...
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’...
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...