Featured insights and store visits from Western Europe

We look at how the discount channel has evolved in Europe since the Great Recession and what operators’ different areas of focus are. Over the last 12 years, discounters invested billions in their stores and private label products whilst maintaining the value proposition and even launching ecommerce. We also highlight some considerations for your business when trading with discounters in a post-COVID-19 world.

We talk to the winners of the IGD Store of the Year award 2019 to understand how the store has advanced, how it is adapting in the face of COVID-19 and plans for the future

With retailing across Europe evolving at a fast pace, stay up-to-date with our quarterly insight presentation looking at the latest economic data, retailer results and trends.

In this report we focus on six hypotheses for how health and wellness trends may develop in the future. 

The report includes examples of new innovation from retailers such as Sainsbury's, Musgrave, S-Group, FamilyMart, Ahold Delhaize and Loblaw.

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Leading UK food-to-go retailer, Pret, has announced that 30 sites will close permanently as part of a restructure to cope with the impact of COVID-19.  The closures represent just over 7% of Pret’s 410-strong estate. Two-thirds of the closures will be outside London, including sites in Glasgow, Reading, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Sheffield.  It will also start a consultation to reduce headcount across remaining UK stores and support staff and will put the lease of its main support office in Victoria, London, up for sale.

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The price war between Aldi and Lidl in Germany is escalating quickly, with the two discounters pushing prices down further. Most retailers are focusing their advertising and communication on low prices, following the VAT rate cut implemented by the government. VAT cut to help population and consumption Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the German government has implemented a temporary VAT ra...
From Coca-Cola European Partners to L'Oréal and Danone, we review initiatives from suppliers as they look to embed strategies at the same time as dealing with the on-going implications of COVID-19. Coca-Cola European Partners supports HoReCa channel in Spain As it looks to support its customers in the HoReCa channel in Spain, as lockdown conditions are eased, Coca-Cola European Partners has...
As Carrefour announces management changes, the integration of its loyalty card into the Apple wallet and as it looks to repurpose further space in its hypermarkets, we round up developments from the retailer. Carrefour appoints new executive directors in France and Spain Carrefour has appointed Rami Baitièh as its executive director for France, as of 1 July. He takes over from Pascal Clouza...


Exploring Mercadona's latest in-store developments, including the enhanced food-to-go section and its focus on efficiency. Furthermore, we analyse the retailer’s main strategies to maintain growth and market share. Separately, we highlight how it has adapted and implemented safety measures in all its stores as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
We look at how the UK convenience channel could change in a post Coronavirus (COVID-19) world.
Download the latest like-for-like and profits data published by UK retailers.
We visited one of the newly converted Netto stores in the north of France and were really impressed by the new and upgraded in-store environment. This is a great example showing how the discount channel continues to evolve to better align with shoppers' needs and appeal to a broader audience.
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We look at five key trends set to shape the Western Europe in 2020

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