Europe news & analysis

06 January 2022
Variety discounter B&M has reported encouraging Christmas trading, with group sales essentially matching last year’s pandemic-elevated peak. Against a demanding 22.5% growth from a year ago, group sales for the third quarter (26 September – 25 December 2021) rose 0.1%, bringing the year-to date total over nine months to +0.9%. B&M now expects FY22 to be significantly ahead of analyst expectations...
05 January 2022
Ahold Delhaize-owned Albert Heijn is to expand its use of the Nutri-Score label on its private label products as it looks to support shoppers’ aim to lead more healthy lifestyles. Nutri-Score to be added to 6,000 private label products Albert Heijn will add the Nutri-Score to 6,000 of its private label products. The information will be provided at the shelf edge through electronic price tag...
05 January 2022
Carrefour’s largest franchisee in Belgium, The Mestdagh Group, has decided to terminate its master franchisee with the French retailer. As the contract’s notice period will last for a year, The Mestdagh Group will remain with Carrefour until 1 January 2023. Decision will see Mestdagh end exclusive partnership with Carrefour… Mestdagh, which operates about 90 Carrefour Markets mainly in Brus...
05 January 2022
Sustainability remains an important topic for retailers in 2022, with many continuing to improve their commitments and go the extra mile. The Schwarz Group continues to raise its targets, with the intention to set improvements where necessary, while Lidl has extended its Eco-Score trial across multiple countries. Separately, SPAR Austria has introduced a deposit return scheme on glass jars, for...
04 January 2022
Netherlands-based Jumbo saw its turnover rise 2% to €9.91 bn versus 2020, while removing the 53rd week in 2020 saw turnover increase by approximately 4%. Its ecommerce store drove sales, with turnover rising by 30% as the retailer continued to invest to add capacity. As it looks to build on its convenience offer in 2022, the retailer announced a strategic partnership with quick commerce delivery ...
04 January 2022
Spanish market leader Mercadona continues to expand in the Portuguese market by launching its in-store co-innovation model. Furthermore, the retailer revealed it met its 2021 target of opening nine new stores. Separately, Jerónimo Martins launched a training centre to help boost employability, while its Pingo Doce banner introduced Nutri-Score to offer shoppers more transparency. Mercadona in...
04 January 2022
Discounter Lidl reflects on its 2021 investment of more than €220m, while Caprabo highlighted its five-year investment plan, which is set to improve its online store and expand its presence in Catalonia. Finally, El Corte Inglés is exploring options for selling a part of its Supercor stores. Lidl’s expanding network and investment The discounter ended 2021 with 39 new stores, two of which ope...
04 January 2022
What are Italian retailers doing to stay ahead as they participate in a highly competitive and complex market? Esselunga launched an experimental store concept to increase its Elisenda pastry and bakery range. Separately, Conad announced its investment plans to 2023, while Gruppo Végé set out its plans to extend its store network by 131 stores by the end of 2022. Esselunga experiments with temp...
16 December 2021
Netto, the discount chain owned by Edeka, has launched a hybrid frictionless grocery store in Munich, the first of its type from a discounter. The store is 250 sqm and stocks over 3,500 SKU’s, a significant offer for a store of this type. First checkout-free store for the retailer Netto has over 4,000 stores across Germany and offers a large selection of groceries for a discounter. For the ...
16 December 2021
European variety discounter Pepco has reported total revenue growth, in reported currencies, of 17.2%. At constant currencies the retailer said total revenue growth stood at 19.3% for the year, underpinned by the opening of new stores. Retailer ends its financial year operating 3,504 stores During its 2021 financial year Pepco opened 483 new stores, taking its total to 3,504 at the end of t...