France news 

07 February 2013
We highlight the stores you’ve looked at the most on Retail Analysis in January Aldi, Atherstone, UK : an increasingly potent format Source: IGD research With the discount channel growing rapidly, this store demonstrates many of the reasons why discounters are trading so successfully. The store has developed its product range through investing in NPD acr...
07 February 2013
From our stores visits this week in Lille, here are our four developments to watch in Europe’s largest grocery retail market. Price perception key to attracting shoppers A difficult macro-economic environment has caused shoppers to search out ways to save on every purchase. Retailers like Leclerc, Aldi, Lidl and, increasingly, Carrefour have benefited from an EDLP offer, which is helping t...
31 January 2013
Gérard Dorey, Carrefour's executive director for convenience, reveals development plans for 2013 in an interview with a French trade publication. Plans 350 new stores this year Speaking to Franchise Magazine, Mr Dorey said Carrefour opened 330 stores under the new City/Contact/Express/Montagne group of fascias in 2012.  It reached 1,000 with the opening of a Carrefour Contact on 4th...
29 January 2013
The Belgian discounter has reported sustained sales growth for the nine months to 31st December, 2012. Fuel continues to outgrow food Total group sales grew by 6.1% to €6.26bn in the period 1st April to 31st December, while retail sales grew slightly behind this, up 5.1% to €4.75bn.  Colruyt attributes the growth to strong year-end sales and a series of additional discount campaigns which s...
29 January 2013
Leclerc has launched a 'made in France' section in its supermarket in Lanester, Brittany. Pilot project which could be rolled out The section comprises 80 food products, across four metres of shelving.  They are highlighted by a large French flag above the fixture and the wording 'produits fabriqués en France ' (products made in France).  The items featured are already sold in-store; Le...
28 January 2013
Speaking at a conference, Système U’s President, Serge Papin, has announced that during 2012 the retailer had enjoyed sales growth of 11%, excluding petrol. President highlights positive ‘continuity’ in growth Papin said that during 2012 sales reached €18 billion at Système U , building on growth of 5.6% in 2011, while he was also expecting a similar pace of expansion in 2013. Commenting on ...
18 January 2013
French retailer Leclerc has reported sales growth of 7% excluding fuel for 2012, confirming the success of its EDLP strategy. Low prices main driver behind six years of constant share gains Sales for 2012 reached €43.7bn, up 7.5% including fuel. On an ex-fuel basis sales were up 7% to €34.9bn. In France , where the retailer has the majority of its operations, sales were also up 7.5% to €...
17 January 2013
Carrrefour has reported an improved sales performance for the final three months of 2012, especially in France and emerging markets. Total sales reached €22,853m, up 0.8%, with LFL ex fuel up 0.4%. For the full year 2012 sales were up 1% to €86,558m. For a full breakdown of Q4 and FY sales performance, click here . France sees further improvement at hypermarkets Sales in France were up ...
16 January 2013
Casino has reported Q4 2012 sales of €12,856m, up 35% on a total basis following the full consolidation of Latin American operations and up 3% on an organic basis. While international sales grew by 76% during the quarter, domestic sales declined 3% as household consumption lagged. For a detailed sales breakdown click here . French hypermarkets down more than 10% Net sales in France declin...
10 January 2013
GPA, Casino's Brazilian subsidiary, and Intermarche Poland are both expanding through the Drive, click and collect for grocery, concept, according to reports. Retailers investing in Drive across markets Reports state that French retailer Intermarche is preparing to launch a Drive service for grocery in Poland this quarter and GPA , Casino's Brazilian  subsidiary, began operating a Drive ...