Retail and consumer goods industry news

02 May 2013
Metro Group has reported EBIT (before special items) of €14m, compared to €-8m in Q1 2012, due to earnings improvements at Real, Media-Saturn and other areas of the business.  Group sales down slightly Group sales for the period January to March were €15.5bn, a slight decrease of 0.9% vs. the previous year. This year included three fewer trading days, and the unseasonably cold weather af...
01 May 2013
Morrisons has launched a new 'Market Street Giveaway' prize draw in a move designed to draw attention to its craft skill strengths and appeal to households on tight budgets. Further highlighting Market Street Visitors answering a simple Market Street related question on the  Morrisons website can enter the draw which offers a weekly winner a £500 prize in Morrisons vouchers. Draws take place o...
01 May 2013
Lidl has announced plans to double the number of healthy tills in its UK stores following a successful trial since January, while in Netherlands it is running healthy eating workshops for children. Turnover 100% higher from healthy tills Lidl UK has trialled one healthy till per store since January. These tills replace 'treat' items such as crisps, popcorn and chocolate with products th...
01 May 2013
Ensuring product availability for the shopper is the ultimate aim of a successful supply chain for both retailers and suppliers. Our supply chain team recently talked with UK based industry leaders and posed the question, “What gets in the way of good on-shelf availability?” Promotions emerged as a dominant theme and an area where big improvements could be made. Promotions play a vital role ...
01 May 2013
Système U's online operator Telemarket has been placed into receivership, with a one-month observation period allowing it to seek buyers.  Was expected to drive growth in Paris region Système U had been trading online since 2008 via the site magasinsu.com.  It acquired Telemarket from Galeries Lafayette in 2011 and renamed it U-Telemarket. Based in Paris, the retailer expected the site...
01 May 2013
After a period of speculation about its long term presence in the market, Carrefour has announced that it has decided to reorganise the governance of its joint venture in Turkey, CarrefourSA. Carrefour to remain in the market Carrefour’s announcement will see its joint venture partner in the country, locally-based Sabanci Holding, acquire a further 12% of the capital of CarrefourSA, taking ...
30 April 2013
GPA has reported EBITDA up 11.2%, and +6.2% for the food business, in the first quarter of 2013. Improved sales mix helps margin The group has been restructuring GPA Food since late 2011, to make it leaner and simpler, and the continuing improvements have contributed to growth. A gross margin increase was put down to an improved sales mix, with customers trading up in fresh produce to hi...
30 April 2013
Waitrose has announced that it is to begin supplying on board food and drink on Eurostar train services. The partnership comes into immediate effect. Buffet Bar selection More than 20 Waitrose food and drink products will be available in standard class coaches on board the Anglo-French and Anglo-Belgian train services. The range includes hot and cold options from sandwiches, ready meals and s...
30 April 2013
The Russian retailer O’Key has announced plans to accelerate its investment in its store formats, with a strong focus on convenience New banner? After a successful expansion in 2012 , opening stores in four new Russian cities, the retailer is looking to capitalise on this success. O’Key has announced that it will invest RUB 3bn in 2013 in its new format, ‘Da!’, which will be  convenienc...
30 April 2013
Auchan has opened an outlet of its urban convenience store, A 2 Pas, in Lille and will follow this with a store in Lyon in May. Fascia will expand by franchising According to press reports, the A 2 Pas store opened in the Wazemmes area of Lille on 24 April. The 400 sq m outlet is Auchan's  tenth under this banner and is located near the city centre and stocks nearly 7,000 lines. Another reg...