Western Europe news & analysis

11 January 2013
Netto Marken-Discount stores are to step up their focus on fresh lines, according to Lebensmittel Zeitung. Rollout of bakeries to continue Baked goods are an important part of this new strategy, to make the offer more attractive to customers.  Netto Marken-Discount should add 1,000 more in-store bakeries this year, continuing the rollout begun in 2012.  The range, of around 30 products, ...
11 January 2013
Edeka has appointed two new directors to its board, and one has departed. Board now comprises three people Dr Michael Wulst has been appointed as chief information officer, with additional responsibility for logistics.  Martin Scholvin has been appointed as chief financial officer and head of HR.  Reinhard Schütte has left the company.  This leaves Edeka with a three-man board, headed by ...
11 January 2013
Promotion for Asda COO Judith McKenna is to leave her position as COO at Asda to take up a new role at Walmart International as executive vice president, strategy and international development. Linked to this move there will be a major reshuffle of Asda's senior team, with all changes taking effect from January 28th. The move to Bentonville is a further promotion for McKenna who became Asda C...
10 January 2013
Alongside its Christmas trading update, Tesco has announced a number of senior management changes across its executive committee, including the appointment of a new UK Managing Director. Chris Bush appointed as UK MD Chris Bush, who has held the role of UK COO for the past nine months, has been appointed as the new UK Managing Director and will oversee the day-to-day running of Tesco's ...
10 January 2013
GPA, Casino's Brazilian subsidiary, and Intermarche Poland are both expanding through the Drive, click and collect for grocery, concept, according to reports. Retailers investing in Drive across markets Reports state that French retailer Intermarche is preparing to launch a Drive service for grocery in Poland this quarter and GPA , Casino's Brazilian  subsidiary, began operating a Drive ...
10 January 2013
Swiss operator Manor has reported a 0.5% fall in like-for-like sales at its department stores in 2012. Total turnover was down Manor said the result was achieved against a background of strong competition and unfavourable consumer spending.  Total group turnover was down 5.9%, to CHF3bn.  One department store closed during the year, and the 19 Fly furniture stores are no longer trading ...
10 January 2013
M&S has reported group growth of 0.6% for the 13 weeks to 29 December 2012. Total UK sales grew just 0.3%, with LFL of -1.8%. Food outperformed the total business, showing a 2.7% total uplift and a LFL rise of 0.3%. Headline figures from Q3 Group sales: +0.6% Total UK sales: +0.3% (-1.8% LFL) Food sales: +2.7% (+0.3% LFL) General merchandise: -2.2% (-3.8% LFL) Multichannel...
10 January 2013
Tesco has released its Christmas trading results for the six weeks to 5 January, with group sales up 3.9% inc. VAT exc. fuel (3.6% at actual exchange rates). The performance of its UK operation continues to strengthen with performance internationally similar to that experienced in Q3. Tesco's strongest UK growth for three years In the UK sales over Christmas increased by 4.3% (inc. VAT,...
10 January 2013
According to reports, Auchan is preparing to launch a new concept that fuses a Drive outlet with a fresh food store. Combined format to launch in March Trade press reports suggest that Auchan will open a new format, possibly under the 'Multifrais' banner, that will see a Drive (click and collect for grocery) unit combined with a fresh food supermarket. Due to open in March in the Paris reg...
09 January 2013
Majestic Wine has announced a 5.1% increase in sales for the key festive trading period, comprising seven weeks trading up to 31st December 2012.  Boosted by 11 new stores Majestic now has a total of 189 across the UK. Like-for-likes sustained through full quarter Like-for-like growth in the seven weeks was +1.1%, much in line with the first six weeks of the quarter when the uplift was 1.2%. ...