Europe news & analysis

30 July 2021
Asda has announced plans to expand its refill range at its sustainability store in Middleton, Leeds. The expansion will see it add over 50 new product lines to its refill zone. What brands has Asda worked with? The aim of Middleton is to help shoppers reduce, recycle, and reuse packaging, while also highlighting sustainable initiatives can be provided at affordable prices. The brands Asda p...
29 July 2021
Casino has reported Q2 results showing continued pressure in its home market, even on a two-year basis, was being offset by strength in its operations in Latin America. In Q2 2021 Casino reported total sales fell by 6.5%, to €7.3 bn, with organic and same-store sales down by 2.4% and 4.1% respectively. However, the retailer did note the high basis of comparison with Q2 2020, when lockdowns wer...
29 July 2021
Continente is expanding its partnership with Uber Eats, while Mercadona continues to grow its presence in the market. Separately, Pingo Doce has extended to its private labels with the launch of an active lifestyle range. Continente expands alliance with Uber Eats Sonae MC-owned Continente has expanded its partnership with Uber Eats, offering shoppers access to take-away meals from over 40 Co...
29 July 2021
Metro Group has published Q3 results and announced it has raised its outlook for sales and EBITDA for its 2020/21 financial year due to ‘ better than expected business development since the easing of restrictions ’. Like-for-like sales up by 15% in Q3… Metro reported total sales were up by 12.2% to €6.2 bn, while sales in local currency and like-for-like terms rose by 15.4% and 15.0% respec...
29 July 2021
Carrefour has announced Q2 and H1 results showing continued strength in several markets, especially France. At a group level, Q2 showed a sequential slowdown on Q1’s performance but was against a high comparable base in 2020. In H1 the retailer said like-for-like sales rose 3.9% to €38.3 bn. H1 highlights In the first half of its 2021 financial year, Carrefour noted several positive develop...
27 July 2021
Unilever has reported strong half year results. Its performance was driven by out of home food, prestige beauty and ecommerce. However, the company expects H2 to be challenging, due to the acceleration of cost inflation, driven by rising prices for raw materials and freight. Strong performance driven by changing dynamics The first half of the year marked a shift in terms of Unilever’s perfo...
26 July 2021
DIA and Amazon are expanding the coverage of their service to more cities in Spain, as Mercadona revealed its 2019 to 2020 sustainability investment and its future initiatives. Meanwhile, Eroski shared its 2020 growth as it increased its understanding of its shoppers’ behaviour and, finally, Condis revealed how franchising had helped it expand during 2020. DIA and Amazon expand express delivery...
23 July 2021
Shell is extending its partnership with Waitrose & Partners, plus working with Mercedes-Benz AG to accelerate energy transition.   800 Shell Recharge points on Waitrose locations by 2025 Shell and Waitrose & Partners have announced that they will install 800 Shell Recharge charge points on up to 100 Waitrose locations across the UK by 2025, so customers can charge their vehicles while they ...
22 July 2021
As Netherlands-based Jumbo reports H1 2021 results, we look at five factors that helped drive the retailer’s improved performance in the first six months of the year. The numbers… Jumbo reported in the first half of 2021: Sales increased 5.3%, to €5.36 bn, driven ‘almost entirely’ by organic growth It saw double-digit growth in January and February Online turnover rose by more t...
22 July 2021
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