Western Europe news & analysis

11 August 2020
Spain-based DIA has revealed a €50m investment to construct a logistic warehouse to serve 500 stores across three communities. Furthermore, the retailer’s online sales increased to 100,000 deliveries per week. Meanwhile, DIA and Amazon reinforced their alliance by extending its La Plaza de DIA products to Amazon Prime’s customers in Seville. DIA invested €50m in logistics warehouse DIA is l...
10 August 2020
The loyalty app Lidl Plus is now available in the UK and Germany. What is the Lidl Plus app? The app is Lidl’s digital loyalty and rewards programme and offers the following features: Coupons to be redeemed at checkout. Offers include money off on first purchase and 15-50% off on selected private label products Digital receipt and tracking Stores locator with opening hours We...
07 August 2020
At the end of July, Aldi Süd launched a global request for startups specialized in computer vision and sensor-based products monitoring technologies. This could contribute to the fast track of Aldi Sud’s technological evolution and enable it to catch up with competitors, especially Amazon. Looking for startups ready to test their solutions Like other recent projects launched by the di...
06 August 2020
Amazon has announced plans to launch in Sweden, the Nordic region’s largest grocery market. Here we consider which FMCG categories it usually prioritises and report on the online performance of leading Swedish grocery retailers. First launch in a Nordic country Launching in Sweden will see Amazon’s entry into the Nordics. Customers in Sweden can already shop on Amazon through other European...
03 August 2020
We look at the latest developments and news from Lidl in the US, Italy and other European countries. US: Chairman Roman Heini exits Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini took the decision to leave the company to “pursue other professional interests and spend more time with his family” as reported by website Supermarket News. Before joining Lidl US in October 2018, Heini worked for 18 years at Aldi, ...
31 July 2020
Jerónimo Martins revealed a mixed Q2 performance with an overall decrease in sales. Biedronka displayed a strong sales performance whereas, Ara’s expansion plans were impacted from the pandemic’s mandatory restrictions in Colombia.   Sales performance Jerónimo Martins’ consolidated sales decreased by 1.3% to €4.6bn with like-for-like (LFL) performance of -0.7%, in Q2 2020. Group EBITDA decr...
30 July 2020
France-based Casino reported consolidated net sales up by 10.4% (same-store basis) in Q2 driven by strong demand across France and Latin America due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the group saw a net loss of €87 m during the first half of the year, mainly due to increased costs.   France: same store sales growth +6.0% driven by convenience and supermarkets Total net sales decreased by 5...
30 July 2020
Schwarz Group reported a net sales increase of 8.6% to €113.3 bn for its financial year 2019/20. Lidl posted one of its strongest growths in the recent years with net sales up by 9.5% while Kaufland sales grew by 4.5%. The group maintained its expansion pace with 400 store openings, similar to 2018/19, reaching 12,500 stores in 33 countries. Lidl: sales growth accelerates The discounter ...
30 July 2020
Carrefour reported Q2 results as like-for-like (LFL) sales increased by 6.3%. The strong results were driven by the good performance and omnichannel strategy in most markets including Spain, Belgium and Brazil. Q2: atypical activity due to COVID-19, convenience +19.0% LFL The multi format and omnichannel model confirmed its resilience and adaptation to the various shopper needs during the d...
29 July 2020
McDonalds announced results for the second quarter 2020 ended 30 June 2020, the period when global COVID-19 restrictions had most impact on store trading. Summary As of 30 June 2020, nearly all McDonald’s restaurants around the world were open to serve customers Total revenue fell from US$5,409.8m in 2019 to US$3,761m in 2020 Systemwide sales decreased 24% Operating income decli...