French retail giant Carrefour yesterday announced an 8.5 per cent
rise in second quarter like-for-like sales, as the firm strengthens
its domestic position through in-store makeovers and competitive
Danish brewer Bryggerigruppen has signed a deal to give it two new
breweries with strong local brands, while Russian food scientists
have designed a bread recipe that can be stored for three years and
Dutch retailer Ahold has sold...
Supermarkets remain the most favoured type of the store in the CEE
region, despite the large number of western players entering the
region with hypermarket or discount formats. But the popularity of
supermarkets is built mainly on...
Hot on the heels of last year's entry into the Chinese market,
Britain's leading food retailer Tesco has strengthened its business
in South Korea with the acquisition of a number of stores from the
Aram Mart group. The move...
Better-than-expected sales at Carrefour's domestic hypermarket
business have left France's leading food retailer optimistic of an
upturn in 2005 - although further price cuts are likely to make an
impact in the short term,...
Growth in the food retail sector across Europe is being driven not
by sales of food but rather by the ever-widening range of non-food
goods, claims a new report. But while Carrefour and its French
compatriots continue to dominate...
Wal-Mart is the world's largest retail group, more than twice the
size of its nearest rival Carrefour, but until recently it was
virtually unknown outside North America. Recent moves into Latin
America and Europe, however, have...
The honeymoon may be over for Polish hypermarkets, as a new report
claims their soaring growth in the last decade will soon start to
slow, forcing companies to adapt their strategies. Chris Mercer
Having just opened its 700th grocery store in Poland, Portuguese
retailer Jeronimo Martins intends to maintain its focus on the
smaller store format. Success in this market is helping the company
remain profitable, despite stagnant...
Europe's retailers are among the most international in the world,
but one market where they are still under-represented is Latin
America. Yet as the region's economies begin to strengthen after
several difficult years, the...
Britain's biggest retail group Tesco has finally made its first
entry into the massive Chinese market, finally sealing an on-off
deal with local group Ting Hsin. The UK's leading retailer now
joins Europe's biggest...
Being the biggest does not mean being the best, it appears.
Europe's largest food retailer Carrefour has announced that it will
not meet its sales targets for 2004 after a second poor quarter
from its French hypermarket division.
It is six months since Dutch retail group Ahold announced plans to
sell its Spanish supermarket business as part of its wider
restructuring programme, and a number of foreign and domestic
players have expressed an interest in buying...
Giant US retail group Wal-Mart maintained its already undisputed
lead in the global retail market in 2003, posting a 5 per cent
increase in sales. But despite the gulf separating Wal-Mart from
the rest, European leviathans Carrefour,...
Seemingly not content with already being the world's biggest retail
group, US-based Wal-Mart is looking to build up its relatively
feeble European presence over the next few years with the potential
aim of having stores in every...
Auchan, the French retail group, has reported remarkably good
figures for 2003 despite its reliance on its home market, where low
levels of consumer spending have impacted sales at a number of its
France's loi Galland, the legislation which regulates the
relationship between suppliers and retailers, has come under fire
this month with both food manufacturers and supermarket groups
calling for a relaxation of the rules...
Luc Vandevelde, the man credited with bringing British retailer
Marks & Spencer out of the doldrums, has parted company with
the group four years after taking over as chairman. But as he
leaves, there are signs that all his good...
Two Spanish retail groups unveiled their 2003 results last week,
and both showed the benefits of a year of continued expansion in
the supermarket sector. But will either Eroski or Caprabo be
interested in further growth this year,...
Guyenne & Gascogne, the French retail group which operates a
number of stores under the Carrefour banner, suffered the same
downturn in sales at its French outlets in 2003 as the larger group
under whose fascia it trades - and...
The uncertain economic and political conditions in 2003 put a major
brake on international retail growth, with relatively few mergers
and acquisitions in the global market. But 2004 should see
something of an upturn, driven by the...
Carrefour might be Europe's biggest food retailer, but even it is
not immune to the continued weakness of the economy in its home
market. The ongoing drop in French consumer purchasing power has
forced the company to invest heavily...
Eroski, the Basque retail group, is to rebadge all its 804
supermarket outlets this month after its joint venture with the
Consum group was wound up earlier this year. The company will take
advantage of the change to introduce a new...
German retail giant Metro shrugged off currency effects and tough
economic conditions in its home market last year to post a 4 per
cent increase in sales - driven mainly by its larger store formats
such as cash & carry warehouses...
A decision this week by the Chinese government to lift restrictions
on foreign investment in the retail sector is likely to lead to a
rise in the number of companies seeking a share of the huge Chinese
market. But with the authorities...