Europe news & analysis

05 July 2022
Albert Heijn was recently voted the most sustainable supermarket chain the Netherlands for the sixth year in a row by the Sustainable Brand Index 2022. Over the past few months it has announced some impressive plans to help reduce it’s carbon footprint, provide healthier choices and eliminate waste. Albert Heijn leads the way for a plastic free Netherlands Albert Heijn have removed all disp...
04 July 2022
Food inflation and the overall cost of living pressures on consumers for the near future should provide a positive outlook for the future of Lidl as customers move to discounters for their shopping needs.  Lidl also came out on top of Europe’s leading grocery retailers in 2026 forecast from IGD so why is everything looking so optimistic for the German Discounting powerhouse? 1. Ruthless focus...
03 July 2022
As part of its annual general meeting, Spain-based retailer alliance Grupo IFA has reported its 2021 results with a total consolidated turnover of €33.2 bn, across all its operations in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Who is Grupo IFA? Grupo IFA is the leading retail group by surface area in the Spanish and Portuguese markets and comprises 34 affiliate members and 137 affiliated companies. In...
30 June 2022
Couche-Tard reported total revenues increased by 37.3%, an additional US$17.0 bn, to US$62.8 bn, in its 2022 financial year. The company reported broad based growth across geographies, store-based sales, and for fuel, which was driven by rising prices, rather than increases in volume. Key numbers from the full year results… Total revenue up 37.3% to US$62.8 bn Merchandise and service ...
29 June 2022
B&M has provided a trading update for the 13 weeks between 27 March and 25 June reporting that group revenues fell 2.2%, on a constant currency basis, to £1.16 bn. Like-for-like sales in the retailer’s core UK B&M estate fell 9.1% as it had to contend with challenging comparatives versus 2021 and poor weather in 2022. April proved to be an anomaly in B&M UK’s performance In the core B&M UK ...
27 June 2022
Italy’s market leader Conad has announced its 2021 results, its total network achieved a turnover of €17 bn an increase of 6.5% compared to 2020. Conad claims its market share has consolidated over the last 12 months, reaching 15.07%. Conad plans to continue to invest €1.8 bn for its three-year investment plan (2021-2023) to modernise its sales network, which focuses on shopper needs, sustaina...
23 June 2022
Flash delivery service Gorilla plans to exit Belgium, as Colruyt starts trialling its home delivery service and Amazon sets up to enter the market. Separately, Delhaize reveals its reducing is private label prices by up to 30% and Russian discounter Mere faces challenges in the market.      Gorilla exits from the market Recently Gorilla the German flash delivery service confirmed they plan ...
23 June 2022
The newly published annual report for 2021 saw a 2.9% increase in sales on the previous year, with an annual turnover of €62.7bn. Edeka remains the market leader in Germany with an impressive 29.8% market share.. CEO promises large investments for 2022 Markus Mosa, Edeka’s Chairman of the board and CEO talked about the possibility of acquiring a further 80 new locations for its discount ret...
23 June 2022
In the UK, Amazon has opened its first Fresh store outside of London featuring its Just Walk Out technology. The retailer also announced Doug Herrington will take on the role of CEO of Worldwide Amazon Stores following Dave Clark’s departure. 19 th Amazon Fresh store in the UK Amazon has opened its 19 th Amazon Fresh store in the UK in Sevenoaks, Kent. It is the first store to launch o...
22 June 2022
As Auchan Hungary and Portugal focus on sustainability initiatives, Auchan Romania focuses on its new MyAuchan shopping experience at petrol stations. Auchan Portugal improves private label packaging   Auchan claims in 2021 it reached its target of using 90% of reusable, recyclable/ compostable on private label packaging and developed 10 eco-design projects for product packaging. Auchan ...