Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

07 February 2013
We look at the strategic priorities for leading European retailers - Carrefour, Lidl & Schwarz (Schwarz Group), Tesco, Auchan and Aldi - in 2013's difficult economic environment, and how they are driving growth.   Carrefour: will 2013 be a year of stabilisation? Carrefour’s new management team has launched initiatives to turn around its performance, including selectively exiting internati...
07 February 2013
According to reports on portalspozywczy.pl, Poland-based convenience chain Zabka is trialling a new ranging strategy in 20 stores. Company set to increase visibility of private labels The report quotes Zabka’s president, Jacek Roszyk, as saying that the retailer is looking to increase its range of private label products to about 600, which would see them account for about 40% of the retaile...
07 February 2013
The Dutch supermarket chain is to invest around $100m in developing stores in Russia, with a focus on Moscow, according to Russian press reports. Reconstruction and store openings With Russia being a long-term priority market, SPAR’s local partner is investing $30m in reconstructing a...
07 February 2013
Against a backdrop of Eurostat revealing that the volume of retail trade fell by 3.3% in Romania in December 2012, when compared to the same month in 2011, retailers have announced a number of initiatives for the market. Delhaize trials store design in Bucharest Delhaize , under the Mega Image banner, has opened a ‘concept store’ in Bucharest. The new outlet is larger than the company’s stan...
05 February 2013
The Finnish retailer has reported its full year results for 2012, announcing group sales of €9.7bn, up 2.4% year-on-year, and appears to have arrested the decline in operating profit in Q4. Grocery business delivers growth Kesko's grocery sales at K-Food, Kespro, and other grocery banners grew by 2.2% in Q4 and 3.1% for the full year, reaching €4.3bn in 2012. Sales of Pirkka  private label ...
01 February 2013
Russian retailer, Maria-Ra, has announced its results for 2012 and is confident about the forthcoming year 32.7% revenue increase Maria-Ra has reported sales of RUB 40.8bn for 2012 which represents a 32.7% increase compared to last year. Consumer traffic also increased by 1.1% and the average basket spend grew by 8.3%. The retailer opened 132 new stores over the year, bringing its total s...
31 January 2013
Slovenia-based Mercator has continued to expand its range of private labels in Serbia, adding 300 new products. The company said that more than half of the new products have been developed in conjunction with local manufacturers. Four new lines added Mercator said that four new lines had been added, including Mercator Bio (organic products), Active Life (meets nutritional claims), minutes (re...
31 January 2013
According to several press reports, Russia’s largest drugstore chain looks to be gearing up to merge with local rival, A5 Pharmacy Chain. Shares rocket Shares in the drugstore chain surged by more than 13% in one day amid rumours that it is about to merge with A5 Pharmacy Chain. If the merger comes to fruition, the deal is likely to be funded by $300m worth of new shares. Become signif...
30 January 2013
Slovenia-based Mercator has released its full year 2012 results, saying that performance improved in the second half of its financial year as it looked to ‘ cut costs, improve working capital and reduce debt ’, amongst other items. Sales growth remained muted in 2012 During 2012 Mercator said that sales had remained flat with 2011, generating €2,873.2 million compared with €2,872.0 million ...
30 January 2013
The French retailer is planning on opening ten new stores in Russia in 2013. Successful year in 2012 The expansion of Auchan in Russia in 2012 was well executed, with the retailer opening eight hypermarkets and upgrading ten existing stores. Auchan invested RUB 7.5bn in organic growth during the year. Purchase of “Real” and expansion planned for 2013 Auchan announced the purchase...