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Sweden-based ICA and Axfood have reported a 3.4% and 5.7% increase in consolidated net sales respectively. Meanwhile, Finland-based Kesko saw a 6.1% increase in net sales. ICA: 3.4% sales increase ICA Sweden saw consolidated net sales increase by 3.4% to SEK29,818m (US$3,079m) in Q3 2019. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, for the period was SEK1,599m (US$165m) and...
Sweden-based Axfood has revealed its Q2 2019 results, reporting an increase in net sales of 6.7% to SEK13.0 bn (US$1.4 bn). For the three months to 30 June, operating profit also rose by 10.2% to SEK601m (US$64.1m), while net profit totalled SEK429m (US$45.8m). Growth in Q2 driven by formats… Axfood attributes the growth to “Willys’ continued strong performance as well as by Axfood Snabbgr...
We look at how Sweden-based, Axfood-owned Hemköp is rolling out its latest concepts. Meanwhile, Norway-based, Coop Norge-owned Extra has opened its first 24-hour, self-service grocery store in Oslo. Hemköp: trials new meal concept Hemköp is trialling a new meal concept, Take Away, in its store in the Mall of Scandinavia. Commenting on the launch, Hemköp’s CEO Thomas Gäreskog said, “Althoug...

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