Portugal news & analysis

12 February 2018
Spain-based Mercadona has begun hiring staff ahead of its launch in Portugal, which is planned for 2019. Hiring adds another location for Mercadona Hiring has begun in Maia, which adds to three other locations in which Mercadona is already known to be planning to open stores; Gondomar, Matosinhos and Vila Nova da Gaia. The stores that are in development are set to have a sales area of about...
06 February 2018
2017 was a positive year for Portugal-based Sonae MC (food retail, health and wellness). The retailer said it ended the year with an improved market share, despite challenging market conditions.  Strong sales growth Sonae MC reported a like-for-like sales growth of 1.2%, and year-on-year growth of 5.4% compared to 2016, with sales rising to €3,884mn. This growth reflects a stronger value...
18 January 2018
Jerónimo Martins owned-Pingo Doce has become the first large grocery retailer in Portugal to offer payments through NFC (near field communication) technology across all its stores. This payment service offers simpler, faster and a more convenient shopping experience. The technology provides a range of benefits NFC is a short-range wireless technology which enables smartphones to scan prod...
18 January 2018
Group sales were up 9.4% without foreign exchange (w/o FX) since 2016, reaching €16.3bn. Jerónimo Martins said that their strategic focus on growth led to all banners reinforcing their market positions and meeting their sales targets. In line with its increase in capital expenditure programme, there has been a continued expansion in Poland and Columbia, with most new stores being opened in Q4....
08 January 2018
As Auchan and Aldi grow their store presence, Lidl launches a new marketing campaign and Continente evaluates its private label ranges, we round up news from Portugal. Auchan sets out investment plans As part of an interview in local newspaper Expresso, Auchan Portugal’s managing director, Pedro Cid, has said the retailer is aiming to invest €90m in the country over the next two years. Cid ...
10 November 2017
As Portugal-based Sonae continues to innovate in its home market to drive growth of its multichannel presence and expand within the health and wellness space, we round up news from the retailer. Sonae launches tech startup programme… As part of aim to support innovation and technology cooperation, Sonae has invited startups to trial retail-oriented solutions in conjunction with it. Sonae sa...
26 October 2017
Spain-based DIA has announced third quarter results saying net sales fell 4.1% to €2.17 bn with its operations on the Iberian peninsula being affected by lower inflation and a tough competitive environment. Net sales fall 5.2% in Iberian operations DIA said net sales fell 5.2% to €1.4 bn with store closures and the temporary closure of stores as they were upgraded affecting its performance....
26 October 2017
Portugal-based Jerónimo Martins has announced third quarter results saying total sales 11.1%, 9.3% at constant exchange rates, to €11.9 bn. After a challenging period, Biedronka returned to strong sales growth driving performance at the company overall. The numbers Third quarter Jerónimo Martins: total sales growth: 10.4%; like-for-like sales growth 6.2%; Biedronka: total sales ...
26 September 2017
As various countries announce steps being taken as part of the Vision 2025 strategy to unify its banners under the Auchan name and the retailer’s general manager, Wilhelm Hubner, as part of an interview with Les Echos discussed its outlook, we look at how it is evolving globally. Hubner: hypermarkets will not be closed in France In the interview Hubner said that Auchan was looking to reinve...
24 August 2017
The Portuguese retailer Sonae has released its results for the first half of 2017 showing an 8% increase in turnover to €2.6bn with positive growth across all business units. Growth particularly strengthened in the second quarter, accelerating to 10%. Food retail: 5.1% Its food unit, Sonae MC, saw turnover increase 5.1% to €1.8bn and like for like growth of 0.7%. During the first half, six ...