Portugal news & analysis

31 January 2019
In 2019, Lidl will maintain its rapid expansion in Europe. More store openings have been announced in several markets and new partnerships will enable the retailer to enter new locations. 40 new stores in Italy by end of 2019 After the completion of 40 new stores in 2018, Lidl Italia has announced it will maintain the same pace in 2019. €350m will be invested. Some of the new stores will re...
24 January 2019
Sonae Retail total sales grew 7.6% in FY 2018 to €6,317M, with growth accelerating during Q4 2018 to 9.3%. During the year Sonae expanded its convenience formats and invested in ecommerce and omnichannel capabilities. Record sales for Sonae MC In FY 2018 sales from Sonae’s retail food unit reached €4bn for the first time, 7% growth compared to the same period last year. Both like-for-like (...
15 January 2019
All the group’s banners performed well in FY 2018, with positive sales increases, according to the retailer’s preliminary sales figures. Biedronka, Pingo Doce and Recheio strengthened their value propositions and continued to gain market share, whilst Ara continues to expand in Columbia. Group net sales grew 6.5% to €17.3bn in FY 2018, despite 21 fewer trading days in Poland. FY 2018 performan...
08 January 2019
Makro Portugal, a subsidiary of Germany-based METRO group, has opened its first online store, available for members. The platform is called Mshop and specialises in products for the HoReCa channel (hotels, restaurants, and catering). Targeting online At the group and national level, METRO and Makro have a strategic focus on ecommerce, and are keen to develop digitally, adapting to changing ...
20 December 2018
Portugal-based, Sonae-owned Continente has partnered with Spain-based food delivery Glovo. Following the collaboration, shoppers will be able to enjoy a fast-paced home delivery service, fulfilled by Glovo. Trialled in Lisbon Continente and Glovo have started trialling the service in Lisbon, covering the areas of Alfama, Alvalade, Areeiro, Cais do Sodré, Campo Grande, Santos-o-Velho and Ser...
28 November 2018
Sonae MC-owned Continente has expanded its network of order collection points, making shopping faster and more flexible for its shoppers. 75 stores offer the service The retailer has announced that 75 of its stores offer the click & go service, with a dedicated in-store check-in. Shoppers place their orders through Continente Online, via the website or app, and choose a time and location to...
20 November 2018
France-based Auchan has launched a new augmented reality (AR) Christmas app in eight countries. Meanwhile, Auchan Spain has added a chatbot, which uses artificial intelligence (AI), to help customers with their online orders. Auchan rolls out AR Christmas app… Auchan France has created a new app, ‘Auchan Kids’, in collaboration with start-up Vertical. The app uses AR and focuses on children...
15 November 2018
Portugal-based Sonae MC increased its turnover in 9M 2018 to €3,012M, a 7% increase compared to 9M 2017. Like-for-like (lfl) sales were up 2.5% in the period, and nine new stores were added to its network (8 Continente Bom Dia stores and 1 Continente Modelo). Reinforcing its leadership in Portugal Sonae MC’s performance has been strong throughout the year, with 7.2% growth in H1 2018 com...
31 October 2018
Strong words from Antonio Coto, DIA’s new CEO led its results presentation, "DIA is facing its toughest test since being listed in 2011". There is a sense of urgency in the company to turn around falling sales and DIA hopes to achieve this through numerous operational changes across all markets. The numbers for 9M 2018 Gross sales were down 9% to €6,557M, driven by a 2.5% decline in gross s...
31 October 2018
Group net and services sales grew 7.3% to reach €12.8bn in 9M 2018, with (like-for-like) sales up 3.4% compared up 9M 2017. All banners performed well and reinforced their market shares in the context of positive consumer environments and low food inflation. For FY 2018 CAPEX is expected at €700 to €750M, covering store network expansion and remodellings. 9M 2018 Performance by banner ...