Europe news & analysis

13 February 2013
.style1 { border-width: 0px; } Waitrose has announced it intends to double its estate of inner London convenience stores over the next year. 10 openings targeted The move will involve the opening of 10 stores during 2013 and represents the largest numbers of stores the business has ever opened in inner London in a year. Waitrose also intends to open 10 supermarkets this year. Locati...
13 February 2013
Tesco is aiming to become the first UK retailer to use virtual reality technology to plan its categories, which should lead to better  in-store efficiencies and more effective and flexible ranging in its formats. .style1 { text-align: center; } New software will introduce faster and more reactive category planning Tesco has been working with technology company Red Dot Square for the las...
13 February 2013
Rewe and BP are to roll out their forecourt partnership in Austria, opening three to four 'Merkur-inside' stores every month until the end of 2014. Rollout follows trial in Vienna The parties trialled the concept in Vienna, opening five Merkur-inside stores on BP forecourts.  The rollout will see this trial expanded to 80 locations across Austria.  Expansion in contrast to slowdown at ...
12 February 2013
With 2013 lacking the wealth of event opportunities offered last year by the Olympics, Euro 2012 and Diamond Jubilee, retailers are looking to make full use of the year's seasonal events, with Valentine's Day and Shrove Tuesday being developed to drive shopper enthusiasm for these celebrations. Home dining for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day presents a clear opportunity to promote luxury 'dine ...
12 February 2013
SPAR has launched a £1 value campaign this month, forming part of a wider move to focus more heavily on its in-store events throughout the year. Comprehensive campaign With price of particular importance to shoppers in the period immediately after Christmas, SPAR is launching a value campaign to highlight a range of products across its stores priced at £1. The launch will be supported by...
12 February 2013
Dirk van den Broek has announced the sale of stores that will see it exit the province of Friesland. The sale will enable it to focus on regions of the Netherlands where it has a existing, strong presence. Focus to support retailers’ growth strategy The exit will support Dirk van den Broek’s parent, Detailresult, to concentrate on regions where it is best represented: North Holland, South H...
12 February 2013
Coop Schweiz has added Swiss brands under the umbrella of its Naturaplan label, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organic range's launch. Knorr, Zweifel, Emmi added to range Coop Schweiz has been working with the suppliers for a year to add organic versions of Zweifel crisps, Emmi Gala cheese and Stocki Knorr mashed potatoes to the Naturaplan family.  Additional products, in orga...
11 February 2013
After announcing in September 2012 that it was exploring strategic options for its 60% stake in ICA, Ahold has announced that it will sell its stake in the business to Hakon Invest, which owns the remaining 40% in ICA. Sale to generate strong returns for Ahold Ahold said that the sale would generate SEK21.2 billion in cash, which includes ICA’s 2012 dividend of SEK1.2 billion. The company d...
11 February 2013
Leading independent forecourt operator Euro Garages has announced a £50million deal to acquire 45 service stations from Esso. Convenience stores branded as SPAR All the petrol stations included in the deal are located in the North West, North East, Yorkshire and North Wales, bringing the total number of sites owned and operated by Euro Garages to 120. The sites will continue to have fuel s...
11 February 2013
Booths has begun matching the prices of popular products with its main rivals through a new Price Promise mechanic. Focus on key lines Through Price Promise, Booths will match the most frequently occurring non-promotional prices of Asda , Tesco , Sainsbury's and Waitrose on commonly purchased lines. The scheme will cover branded and private label lines including fruit and vegetable...