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We round up the latest news from retailers in Sweden, Finland and Norway as they grow their store presence, launch a digital baby influencer, celebrate their private label brand and trial new sustainable measures.

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Norway-based NorgesGruppen has announced its H1 2019 results, posting a 2.5% increase in sales to €4.37bn (US$4.83bn). Operating profit was €182m (US$201m) for the period, compared with €160m (US$177m) in H1 2018. Good results… The retailer said the sales increase reflects the “good customer growth in [its] grocery chains” . CEO Runar Hollevik commented, “We get good results from the i...
We look at how Sweden-based, Axfood-owned Hemköp is rolling out its latest concepts. Meanwhile, Norway-based, Coop Norge-owned Extra has opened its first 24-hour, self-service grocery store in Oslo. Hemköp: trials new meal concept Hemköp is trialling a new meal concept, Take Away, in its store in the Mall of Scandinavia. Commenting on the launch, Hemköp’s CEO Thomas Gäreskog said, “Althoug...
Reitangruppen has reported its 2018 results, with REMA 1000 discount turnover increasing by 4.8% to €7.3bn, while Reitan Convenience turnover increased by 1.4% to €1.7bn. REMA 1000 turnover increased by 4.8% to NOK 70.2bn (€7.3bn) REMA 1000 turnover including franchises increased by 4.8% to NOK 70.2bn (€7.3bn). Operating profit increased by NOK 243m to NOK 1.9bn (€197.9m), which represents ...

Presentations

02/12/2019
We’re wrapping up 2019 by looking at some of the most insightful discount stores we visited this year. This report will give you a view on how the discount channel is evolving globally. Discounters use a more shopper centric strategy, they invest in technology in their stores and evolve their assortments to align with latest trends.
21/11/2019
Iceland has a renewed focus on growing its business. This is evident from its investment in its estate and its innovative new strategies. In this report we explore Iceland's strategic priorities of; delivering value, investing in the future, leading on sustainability, innovating to serve more missions and growing online.
18/11/2019
Several major European discounters are accelerating their expansion plans in city centres. They have had to adapt their stores’ format and flex their range to be able to fit in this new environment. With their high population density, European cities are also an opportunity to test ecommerce and new payment solutions and learn from such initiatives.
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This in-depth guide to Norway explores the key trends in grocery retail and the growth strategies of the leading retailers in the country.

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