Europe news & analysis

21 July 2022
Carrefour announced in Paris its trialling a new initiative to reduce food waste, while also tackling inflation. Meanwhile, in Spain Carrefour-owned Supeco celebrates the launch of it 50 th store opening in the market. We also visited Carrefour Montesson, to explore how it applies refill stations throughout different product categories. Carrefour’s approach to tackling inflation and food wast...
21 July 2022
Carrefour announced it signed an agreement to sell its 60% equity interest in Carrefour Taiwan, valued at €2 bn, to its long-term partner and co-shareholder Uni-President. However, Carrefour claims the Carrefour brand will still be present in Taiwan for the coming years and will be part of the wider network of Carrefour brand licenses in over 40 countries. Carrefour Taiwan’s network and sales ...
21 July 2022
As Sainsbury’s relaunches its ‘Great Fruit & Veg Challenge’ and M&S and The Co-op introduce new campaigns, we round up initiatives from UK-based retailers. Sainsbury’s ‘Great Fruit & Veg Challenge’ returns Sainsbury’s has brought back its ‘Great Big Fruit and Veg Challenge’ following its success over the last two years. The campaign will run from 18 July to 2 September, an extension of thre...
19 July 2022
Italian retailers have revealed a mixed bag of full year sales results during 2021. Selex announced it increased its 2021 sales turnover by 4.3%, compared to 2020. Meanwhile, Coop Italia and Coals revealed a decline in sales during the same period. Whereas Gruppo VéGé achieved a growth in its 2021 sales and remains fifth in the grocery market. Selex sees increased turnover in 2021 Gruppo Se...
19 July 2022
As Casino reveals plans to rebrand the remaining Géant Hypermarkets and progresses its omnichannel business, we look at five recent developments from the retailer. 1. Géant Hypermarkets to be rebranded with a focus on fresh Casino is in the process of rebranding its 61 remaining Géant Hypermarkets under the new banner Casino Hyper Frais. Newly rebranded stores are open in Amiens, Angers and...
19 July 2022
S group’s first half of 2022 performs +9% on 2021 with a turnover of €6.42bn. This was even better when looking at 2019 with 13% growth. This is growth on an already strong 2021 where the company grew 5.3%. Supermarket sales surpass pre-pandemic levels Supermarket retail took €4.64bn which was +14.1% against 2019 and +1.8% vs 2021. Hannu Krook, CEO of SOK explained ‘Nationally, our retail sal...
19 July 2022
As M&S and The Co-op look to limit food waste and Sainsbury’s adapts one of its products to reduce plastic use, we round up three initiatives from the retailers. M&S removing best before dates from fruit and vegetables range Following a successful trial M&S is to remove best before dates from more than 300 fruit and vegetables SKUs, which the retailer says is 85% of its produce offer. The i...
18 July 2022
Rising COVID-19 cases in many parts of the world, driven by more virulent strains of the Omicron variant, means that retail hasn’t been able to fully move out of the pandemic’s shadow. We look at how this is interplaying with several of the other trends shaping the market and what to expect from retailers over the next six months. Heading to a post-pandemic future This is a headline that ha...
14 July 2022
As the retailer looks to promote its value messages, we round up three developments looking at how Asda is looking to help shoppers as the impact of inflation continues to be felt. Asda to let children eat for £1 at its cafes Asda will allow children to get a hot meal in one of its café for £1 with no minimum adult spend. The retailer said the offer would be available at all its 156 cafes i...
14 July 2022
Pepco reported total Group sales rose 17.1% to €1.21 bn, with like-for-like sales up 4.9% in the three months to 30 June. Expansion continued to drive total sales growth, with the retailer opening 115 new stores during the quarter. Pepco banner outperformed Poundland in Q3… While Group sales rose 17.1%, it was the Pepco banner’s growth of 28.5% that drove overall performance. The retailer h...