Western Europe news & analysis

19 February 2021
Amazon has launched its Fresh grocery delivery service in Spain, offering same-day delivery to Prime members. Available in Madrid Amazon has initially launched the service in Madrid with plans to roll it out to Barcelona in the coming months, and eventually other cities in Spain. Amazon Fresh is already available for customers in the US, Japan, the UK, Germany, India, and the most recent la...
18 February 2021
Announcing its full year results, Carrefour has reported like-for-like sales growth of 7.8%, as sales, including VAT, reached €78.6 bn. The retailer also saw an improvement in its recurring operating margin, which increased to 3.1%, from 2.9%, with its recurring operating income rising by 16.4% to €2.1 bn. France: Carrefour enjoys strongest growth in almost 20 years In its home market Carre...
18 February 2021
Netherlands-based Ahold Delhaize reported net sales growth of 18.0%, to €19.6 bn (US$23.8 bn) in its fourth quarter. Group comparable sales rose 11.0%, excluding gasoline. Underlining the positive result of recent investment in its online operations, Ahold Delhaize reported net consumer online sales grew by 84.2% in the fourth quarter, aided by growth of 128.5% in the US alone. US: comparable ...
18 February 2021
South Africa-based SPAR Group reported sales growth of 9.8%, to ZAR42.99 bn (US$3.0 bn), during the 18-week period to the end of January 2021. The Group enjoyed growth across all its country operations, with a strong advance in performance seen in Poland. Growth in South Africa impacted by lost liquor sales In its home market SPAR reported group sales growth of 3.4%, with its performance af...
17 February 2021
The family that owns and operates Deen Supermarkten has decided to dissolve itself and sell its stores to three retailers, Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DekaMarkt. Deen Supermarkten to dissolve itself… Deen’s 80 will be sold to the three companies with 39 going to Albert Heijn, 22 to Vomar and 19 to DekMarkt. Deen’s owners have made the decision following the realisation of the ‘ si...
12 February 2021
As Ahold Delhaize’s operations in the Netherlands and US implement new initiatives to support growth, we round up news from the retailer’s operations in the countries. Albert Heijn increasing focus on ‘Price Favourites’… In the Netherlands, its Albert Heijn banner has put the focus on providing value through its ‘Price Favourites’ mechanic. The campaign has been running for a few years and ...
12 February 2021
As Carrefour continues to evolve and develop its operations in France and at a Group level, we look at its latest appointments, opening of bargain corners in its hypermarkets in France and the updating of the Bio c’Bon concept following its purchase in Q4 2020. Management changes at Carrefour Carrefour has appointed Elodie Perthuisot as its head of online operations. Perthuisot will replace...
12 February 2021
Edeka, according to reports from local trade press publication Lebensmittel Zeitung, is to complete the takeover of 44 Real stores. Edeka negotiating about acquiring more stores Edeka will be able to take over the 44 stores immediately but is negotiating about the potential acquisition of a further 28. However, in the interim period, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, the Bundeskartellamt, ha...
11 February 2021
Germany-based wholesaler Metro reported sales were down 11.2% in local currency terms, to €6.3 bn. The company said, despite its performance being affected strongly by COVID-19 restrictions in many of its markets, it had outperformed its peers in its core markets of Germany, France, and Italy. Western Europe sees strongest effect from pandemic Metro said its operations had performed better ...
10 February 2021
After establishing a chief executive transition team in November 2020 to jointly assume the position of CEO as it searched for a new chief executive, Metro AG has now appointed a new person to the role, Steffen Greubel. Greubel signs three-year contract Greubel will take up the role as Metro AG chief executive on 1 May 2021, with Metro’s chief financial officer, Christian Baier, and COO...