Europe news & analysis

14 February 2013
We’ve been in-store at Asda this week to look at how it is implementing its strategy for growth. Impactful value communication underpins the strategy Asda's focus on EDLP is at the heart of its ambitions, and is given voice through the Asda Price Guarantee (APG), both inside and outside the store. Alongside extensive large signage to communicate rounded price points in the power aisle, this...
14 February 2013
ICA reports mixed results across markets, but delivered healthy growth and a strong profit performance in 2012. "A successful year" Full year sales totalled SEK 96.9m, up 1.8% on 2011, +4.2% at constant exchange rates and adjusted for the divestment of ICA Maxi stores in Norway . It also delivered strong operating profit performance of SEK 192m, growth of 11.9%. Commenting on the results,...
14 February 2013
Whole Foods Market’s first quarter sales, for the 16 weeks to January 20, increased by 13.7%, with comparable store sales up 7.2%. Net income over the period increased by 24.3%. Strong performance although growth rates ease slightly Whole Foods Market has delivered another quarter of strong sales and earnings growth, extending its industry leading performance of the last two years.  The re...
14 February 2013
Latest figures released by Nielsen indicate that the aggregate sales for UK supermarkets grew by 2.2% in the four weeks to 2nd February. This  marked a slowdown from the Christmas period when sales rose by 3.7%. Volumes flat Nielsen reports that unit sales in the latest four week period were unchanged (versus +0.5% in the previous period), reflecting the continuing cautious mood of UK ...
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...