Spain news

27 February 2013
SPAR opened nearly 200 new stores in Spain in 2012, according to local press, which helped boost sales by 8.3%. In line with stated expansion plans SPAR closed the year with 1,079 stores, 175 more than in 2011, and a turnover of €1,248m.  This expansion is in line with ambitious plans set out by local partner Miquel Alimentació, which said it intends to open 500 stores across Spain ov...
26 February 2013
Eroski has met with more than 400 fresh and grocery private label suppliers in Bilbao today, to outline plans to strengthen the parties' already close co-operation as part of the strategic plan for 2013-16. Economic crisis requires joint efforts Group CEO Javier Amézaga said suppliers play a key role in developing the  Eroski model.  The retailer prides itself on its closeness to suppliers...
25 February 2013
Spanish co-operative Consum's franchise network, Charter, has reported sales growth of 22% for 2012. New stores driving sales growth Charter franchise stores reported turnover of €114.2m in 2012, driven by expansion.  A number of new members joined the franchise network during the year.  Charter opened 18 new stores in 2012, mainly in the 'home market' of Comunidad Valenciana where it op...
22 February 2013
Spain's Condis Supermercats has reported a 0.6% fall in 2012 sales, to €801m.  High levels of investment in 2012 The supermarket chain, based in Cataluña, ended the year with 409 stores, up 15 on 2011, and over 180,000 sq m of sales area.  Levels of investment were higher in 2012 than previously.  A total of €25m was spent; €17m of which was on new store openings and remodellings, in line ...
21 February 2013
DIA has reported net sales growth of 4.1% for 2012 (+5.2% excluding currency effect), and adjusted EBITDA growth of 8.6% (+9.4% ex. currency effect) Tough comparatives in Q4 Net sales growth in the fourth quarter was 2.4% (+4.4% ex. currency effect).  A tough comparison in Q4 2011, weak business conditions in Turkey and depreciation in the Brazilian and Argentine currencies meant a lower...
11 February 2013
Caprabo is to open four new stores in Cataluña in February, one in each of the region's provinces. Reinforcing leadership in Cataluña The new stores, all franchised, will open in Sant Boi de Llobregat (Barcelona), Vilobí d'Onyar (Girona), Rosselló (Lleida) and Vila Seca (Tarragona).  They will take the retailer's overall store numbers in Cataluña to 276. Franchising is key part of expan...
07 February 2013
We look at the strategic priorities for leading European retailers - Carrefour, Lidl & Schwarz (Schwarz Group), Tesco, Auchan and Aldi - in 2013's difficult economic environment, and how they are driving growth.   Carrefour: will 2013 be a year of stabilisation? Carrefour’s new management team has launched initiatives to turn around its performance, including selectively exiting internati...
23 January 2013
Spanish co-operative retailer Consum has opened five stores under the Charter franchise since last December, and plans to end January with seven new outlets. Adding more than 2,500 sq m of retail space Of the total openings, four are rebranded stores and three are new builds.  Branded items, and fresh produce, will play key roles in the stores' assortments. Network based along Mediterr...
22 January 2013
According to reports in French trade press publication Lineaires, Carrefour has opened a hybrid hypermarket/cash and carry format in Spain with discount prices. Trading under the Supeco banner, the format takes learning from the successful Atacadao format in Brazil. Discrete trial in price conscious market According to reports Carrefour has been testing a family focused cash and carry / hype...
17 January 2013
Carrrefour has reported an improved sales performance for the final three months of 2012, especially in France and emerging markets. Total sales reached €22,853m, up 0.8%, with LFL ex fuel up 0.4%. For the full year 2012 sales were up 1% to €86,558m. For a full breakdown of Q4 and FY sales performance, click here . France sees further improvement at hypermarkets Sales in France were up ...