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We round up the latest news from SPAR International partners in the Netherlands, Slovenia, Gran Canaria and Sri Lanka.

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Netherlands-based SPAR International reported sales rose 5.4% globally to €35.8bn. The organisation said entry into four new markets, the addition of 335 new stores and the continued focus on its ‘Better Together’ strategy had underpinned the pace of its growth. 2018 ‘an exceptionally strong year for SPAR’ Discussing the results, SPAR International’s managing director, Tobias Wasmuht, descr...
As SPAR members from Zimbabwe, Spain, Hungary and Slovenia announce developments, we round up news from those countries. SPAR Zimbabwe launches online SPAR Zimbabwe has launched its online store, which it claims is a first from a leading retailer in the country. In the short term, the home-delivery service will only be available for shoppers in Harare, while there is also an option to enabl...
The SPAR Austria Group, which includes operations across its home market, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia, said its total sales rose 4.7% to €15.05bn. The performance, which includes non-grocery format Hervis and its shopping centre business, was driven by its strong growth in Austria, where it said it outperformed the market, and in its international operations. SPAR grows ‘faster than t...


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