Russia news

26 March 2020
In reaction to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Russian retailers and the government have started implementing several measures to slow the spread of infection. All non-essential stores in Moscow will temporarily close Moscow’s mayor announced measures to restrict the movement of people in the city by closing non-food stores, cafes and shopping malls for one week. The closures will begi...
16 March 2020
VkusVill appeared on the international retail radar following its announcement in March 2020 that it plans to enter the Netherlands and France. The retailer has managed to grow fast, reaching the highest ranks of the Russian grocery retail market, and now has ambitions to expand internationally. We investigate the strategies that have enabled VkusVill to sustain double or even triple-digit sto...
10 March 2020
France-based Auchan announced its 2019 full year results, saying revenue at its Retail division fell by 1.4%, at current exchange rates, to €45.8 bn. It noted that revenue had increased in nine countries where it operates stores, but declined in France and Russia. The numbers… By division, Auchan said its Retail had seen: Total sales: fell by 1.4%, at current exchange rates, to €45....
04 February 2020
Technology and retail companies in Central and Eastern Europe are investing in online retailing. We are seeing developments in Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic and Hungary. Retailers are innovating in logistics and fulfilment services to offer shoppers convenience and to underpin attempts to drive profitability. Meanwhile, companies more widely are investing in services that enable shorter deliv...
16 January 2020
Metro Group has reported sales growth of 2.2%, with same store sales up 1% compared to last year. Positive performance across most markets Metro Group saw Q1 sales hit €7.5bn, with strong growth in many of its markets. In Asia, sales were up by 3.2%, in part driven by positive currency effects. In Eastern Europe, same store sales increased by 5% and in Western Europe (excluding Germany), sa...
17 December 2019
We round up news from SPAR International partners in Austria, Gran Canaria and Russia as they invest in their store network and information technology. Austria: to open 20 new SPAR Express forecourt outlets In Austria, SPAR has announced it will open 20 new SPAR Express forecourt outlets across the country, over the next 14 months. The retailer has redesigned the layout of the new stores, w...
13 December 2019
With the upcoming disposals of the Chinese operations and Real, Metro Group will be better placed to focus on its core wholesale business. Disposals underway The sales of Metro China has been confirmed, with partner Wumei taking a majority stake. Metro Group is expected to receive over €1bn in net proceeds once the deal is completed. Metro has also confirmed that it is in exclusive talks ov...
05 December 2019
German hypermarket retailer Globus is planning to expand further across Russia. Steady expansion Since entering Russia 13 years ago, Globus has expanded its footprint and now operates 15 stores in the greater Moscow area. The German retailer has enjoyed success in the market with sales growing 6.4% in 2018/19 in local currency, to a turnover of RUB 107bn. Its stores are currently all locate...
28 November 2019
As Auchan continues to evolve its strategy, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan appoints new managing director in Russia Auchan has appointed Johannes Tholey as managing director of Auchan Retail Russia. In recent role Tholey has been the managing director for Globus in Russia, from 2009 to 2016, and has been a board member of X5. Announcing the appointment, Auchan said it expects ‘ ...
31 October 2019
In October 2019 we attended X5 Retail Group’s capital market day in London to learn about its plans for the future of the business. The retailer announced ambitious targets to double its market share to around 20% by 2029, with 50% of its revenue being generated in its digital businesses. X5’s 2029 vision is to almost double market share The retailer plans to reach a market share to 20% by ...