Europe news & analysis

16 December 2021
As the channel continues to benefit from growing shopper interest, we look at developments in Sweden, France and the Netherlands. Axfood partners with online grocery retailer In Sweden, Axfood has partnered with online grocery retailer Mathem as the two parties look to create further synergies and build economies of scale. The strategic partnership will help the two develop their online off...
16 December 2021
Belgium’s Colruyt saw flat sales in the first six months of its 2021/2022 financial year. While its revenue fell by 0.2% to €4.981 bn, the retailer reported its gross margin fell to 26.9%, down from 28.1% in the previous financial year. Market share remained stable after recent falls… Colruyt said its market share in Belgium remained stable at 31.0% at the end of the first half of its finan...
14 December 2021
Ocado Retail has announced a decrease in revenue of (3.9)% to £547.8m in its fourth quarter, 13 weeks to 28 th  November 2021. Declining basket The value of the average basket fell (12)% year-on-year to £118. This year it’s easier to use stores, whilst many shoppers have returned to the office and spent less time at home. Ocado’s growth was also impacted by the UK labour market and a high n...
02 December 2021
We bring you the latest news from the German market in relation to some of the country's leading retailers, including Globus, Aldi and Edeka. Globus to partner with Lieferando The Globus market in Koblenz has teamed up with local food delivery company, Lieferando, to offer its freshly cooked dishes to those in the local area. The Globus restaurant is well known in Koblenz and offers seasona...
02 December 2021
Croatia’s Konzum, which is part of the Fortenova Group, has enabled shoppers to pay with nine different cryptocurrencies through its online stores. Solution enables shoppers to pay online with range of cryptocurrencies Konzum has allowed shoppers to pay with a range of cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Dai, Ripple, Stellar, alongside stablecoins like Tether and ...
24 November 2021
We review Couche-Tard’s results for the half ending 10 October 2021. Key H1 numbers YoY Total revenue up 36.5% to US$27.8bn Merchandise and service revenues up 5.6% to US$8bn Road transportation fuel revenues up 54.8% to US$19.4bn Same-store merchandise revenues up 5.9% in Europe and other regions (including Hong Kong), 0.6% in the U.S and -6.1% in Canada Same-store fuel...
22 November 2021
Italian retailers continue to expand their presence in the market. Codè Crai Ovest is investing to expand its network by 30 stores in early 2022, while ESD Italia is planning to invest €600m to grow its network and Gruppo VéGé has expanded its network by the return of the Coal group to its alliance. Finally, Glovo has partnered with SPAR Italia’s regional operator Maiora to offer shoppers a quick...
18 November 2021
As the Colruyt Group looks to regain share it has lost during the pandemic, the retailer has rolled out three innovative initiatives. Colruyt Group trials unstaffed store under Okay Direct banner Colruyt is trialling an unstaffed store under the Okay Direct banner in the centre of Ghent. The retailer said the 150 sq. m store, which stocks about 650 SKUs across both brands and private labels...
18 November 2021
DIA continues to expand its private label range to offer shoppers healthier and more sustainable products, while also developing its relationship with Amazon. Separately, Mercadona is testing BiofreshTech’s autonomous refrigeration technology in one of its delivery vehicles. DIA expands private label range DIA has worked with its partners to develop its private label range and offer its shopp...
18 November 2021
As Auchan looks to advance its local operations, we round up news from the retailer as it aims to support sustainable initiatives in France and drive ecommerce growth in Portugal and Russia. Auchan signs up to Planet-Score Environmental Labelling System Auchan has said it supports the launch of the Planet-Score environmental labelling system as part of the on-going expansion of environmenta...