Europe news & analysis

30 August 2022
Asda has reported its second quarter like-for-like sales, excluding fuel, fell 1.9%. It noted the comparative period in 2021 was impacted by on-going Covid restrictions. Asda generated revenue, excluding fuel, of GB£1.9 bn during the quarter. However, the retailer said its on-going investment in prices and quality had driven ‘ positive like-for-like sales growth at the end of Q2 and into Q3 ’. ...
30 August 2022
As inflation continues to rise across Europe, Carrefour has implemented methods to help protect shoppers purchasing power in France, as well as supporting organic farming. The retailer also continues to expand its format offer in Poland, opening its first franchised hypermarket. Furthermore, Carrefour Italia’s expansion has reached 1,500 stores across 19 regions.   France: Carrefour fights infl...
25 August 2022
Finland’s second largest retailer, Kesko, has a new automated fulfilment system to support its online grocery business. Bringing efficiency to its online delivery model To delivery its strategy of offering the best multi-channel experience to customers, Kesko has strengthened its online grocery operation with an automated fulfilment system. The system has been installed by intelligent autom...
22 August 2022
Amazon has halted the roll-out of its Amazon Fresh stores in the UK, as reported by The Sunday Times. Lower than expected sales Amazon has reportedly paused the expansion of the Fresh stores due to sales being lower than anticipated and the weaking economic environment. Amazon opened its first Fresh convenience store in March 2021 in Ealing. It has since opened 18 more stores. 18 of thes...
19 August 2022
Reports suggest the German discounter has seen a fall in non-grocery sales across all markets, an indication of current shopper spending priorities. Lidl non-grocery sales fall across all markets Lebensmittel Zeitung reports that Lidl has seen sales for non-grocery items fall below 10% of total sales in almost all markets. The non-grocery category is one of the most profitable for Lidl and ...
17 August 2022
As Tesco, with dunnhumby and other third-party companies, launches new digital solutions, we look at what they are and what they mean for the retailer. Tesco creates ‘UK’s largest retail-based digital display advertising network’ Tesco, in conjunction with dunnhumby and JCDecaux, has created what it claims is the UK’s largest retail-based digital display advertising network. Tesco’s SmartSc...
17 August 2022
As our ShopperVista Quarterly channel trends report shows sustained usage for the variety discount channel, with increasing usage from AB shoppers, we round up key developments for Poundland. Poundland to open further new stores in 2022… Poundland will open or relocate 25 stores in the UK before the end of 2022, with 10 to be opened by the end of September and the remainder before the e...
17 August 2022
SPAR International announced it launched its first store in Latvia on 11 th August 2022 and plans to offer shoppers high-quality service, fresh produce and competitive offers. The opening also provided its first 100 customers with a welcome gift. SPAR opens its first store in the town of Saldus SPAR revealed the first store is located 120km west of the capital city of Riga in the town of S...
17 August 2022
The latest release from Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 7 August 2022 total till roll consumer spend in Great Britain rose by 2.2%. The pace of growth is the fastest reported by Kantar since April 2021. Inflation impacting shopper behaviour, benefiting private labels… Kantar reported its inflation read reached 11.6%, the highest ...
16 August 2022
As Morrisons signs a further wholesaling contract and launches carbon neutral eggs to its range, we round up four recent developments from the retailer. Morrisons signs up for international supply deal Morrisons has signed a deal with the international grocer British Corner Shop, which will see it expand its wholesale activities. The retailer said the partnership will see its private label ...