Retail and consumer goods industry news

15 February 2013
In an interview with Les Echos, Costco France’s Country Manager, Gary Swindells, has outlined the retailer’s ambition to build a network of 15 outlets in the country over the next five to ten years. France market entry part of broader European growth strategy The retailer’s first outlet in France is expected to open in Bussy-Saint Georges, Paris, in 2015, marking Costco’s first expansi...
14 February 2013
Leading retailers including Tesco and SPAR are laying down plans for this key market. We summarise the latest news and look ahead to the further developments 2013 may hold. Tesco to set up Indian subsidiary Local newspaper The Hindu reported Tesco's plans to open a subsidiary for fresh and processed foods to service its global store network. The sourcing and back end capabilities develo...
14 February 2013
Poland-based Biedronka, according to reports in Handel Extra, is trialling self-checkouts at a store in Warsaw. Company says trial is not part of plan for full roll out According to the reports, Biedronka has been trialling four Wincor Nixdorf units at its Glebocka Street store in Warsaw and has plans to add a further four units supplied by NCR deployed in another Warsaw outlet during the f...
14 February 2013
We’ve been in-store at Asda this week to look at how it is implementing its strategy for growth. Impactful value communication underpins the strategy Asda's focus on EDLP is at the heart of its ambitions, and is given voice through the Asda Price Guarantee (APG), both inside and outside the store. Alongside extensive large signage to communicate rounded price points in the power aisle, this...
14 February 2013
Wesfarmers has released its half year results for the period ending 31 December 2012, with EBIT for its retail division increasing 9.4% to AU$1,705m.  Coles' earnings grew an impressive 15.1% to AU$755m, with both Bunnings and Kmart also recording solid profit growth. However, costs incurred implementing Target's transformational plan meant the retailers earnings reduced 20.4%. Coles strateg...
14 February 2013
ICA reports mixed results across markets, but delivered healthy growth and a strong profit performance in 2012. "A successful year" Full year sales totalled SEK 96.9m, up 1.8% on 2011, +4.2% at constant exchange rates and adjusted for the divestment of ICA Maxi stores in Norway . It also delivered strong operating profit performance of SEK 192m, growth of 11.9%. Commenting on the results,...
14 February 2013
Whole Foods Market’s first quarter sales, for the 16 weeks to January 20, increased by 13.7%, with comparable store sales up 7.2%. Net income over the period increased by 24.3%. Strong performance although growth rates ease slightly Whole Foods Market has delivered another quarter of strong sales and earnings growth, extending its industry leading performance of the last two years.  The re...
14 February 2013
Latest figures released by Nielsen indicate that the aggregate sales for UK supermarkets grew by 2.2% in the four weeks to 2nd February. This  marked a slowdown from the Christmas period when sales rose by 3.7%. Volumes flat Nielsen reports that unit sales in the latest four week period were unchanged (versus +0.5% in the previous period), reflecting the continuing cautious mood of UK ...
14 February 2013
Meier is investing $160m in its store estate this year, with plans to open six new supercentres and complete five major store remodels. New flagship to test future concepts Meijer’s plans this year will also include the construction of a new flagship store. The retailer will be remodeling its Knapp’s Corner store in Grand Rapids to test some new elements that could form the basis of futur...
13 February 2013
.style1 { border-width: 0px; } Waitrose has announced it intends to double its estate of inner London convenience stores over the next year. 10 openings targeted The move will involve the opening of 10 stores during 2013 and represents the largest numbers of stores the business has ever opened in inner London in a year. Waitrose also intends to open 10 supermarkets this year. Locati...