Western Europe news & analysis

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...
20 June 2022
Following Tesco discussing shifts in shopper spending in its Q1 results , we look at two promotional and value-focused campaigns in the UK. Sainsbury’s adds further products to Aldi price match programme Sainsbury’s has expanded the number of products covered by its Aldi price match programme. The company said it had extended the scheme to cover its top 20 highest volume items, which wil...
17 June 2022
Carrefour operates over 13,000 stores in nine different markets. The Carrefour group continues to expand its operations and partners to provide quick commerce and food delivery services. Carrefour Brazil revealed it completed the acquisition of Grupo Big in Brazil. Meanwhile, Europe’s leading q-commerce Flink SE purchased Cajoo, who partners with Carrefour to supply its private label and other ex...
16 June 2022
Spain’s market leader and one of Europe’s most admired retailers, Mercadona is increasing its commitment to its markets Spain and Portugal. We have identified five ways it continues to develop to stay ahead of the competition. 1. Mercadona betting big on its online expansion plan Although online has been a lower priority for the retailer over the past decade, like many retailers the pandemi...
09 June 2022
We round up three developments in the market as Tesco receives clearance for its purchase of Joyce’s Supermarkets and SPAR South Africa announces its first half results, discussing BWG’s performance. Tesco receives clearance for Joyce’s acquisition After announcing its intention to purchase Joyce’s Supermarkets in November 2021, Tesco Ireland has received clearance from the country’s Co...
24 May 2022
Sonae MC announced its total turnover for Q1 2022 reached €1,294m, an increase of 3.8% compared to 2021 and like-for like (LFL) sales grew by 2.2%. Sales performance Sonae announced its sales growth highlighting a strong performance particularly in its new growth businesses, reaching €234m an increase of 21.9%. The performance was driven by foodservice and health, wellness and beauty format...
23 May 2022
Finiper-owned, Iper has introduced a new private label range, which claims to deliver high-quality products. Meanwhile, SPAR Italy and Esselunga revealed its 2021 results, both reporting an increase in sales. Separately, Coop Italia plans to increase its private label to support shoppers during this increasingly difficult economic environment.  Iper introduces its ‘Patto Qualità Iper’ private ...
23 May 2022
After two disrupted years, rather than a return to normality, the eating out sector is facing a new set of challenges.  The issues outlined in our UK Eating Out Market Forecasts 2022 , such as rising costs, staff shortages and financially-stretched consumers, are shared by many countries around the world.   These significant headwinds may slow recovery, however we anticipate a period of inten...
17 May 2022
Aldi has opened its largest distribution centre, while Spain’s market leader Mercadona continues to grow its presence in Portugal, announcing it aims to open 10 new stores in 2022. Separately, Auchan Portugal revealed its improving partnerships with local producers. Aldi launches its largest distribution centre The discounter revealed it invested €60m in its new distribution in Moita, which i...
17 May 2022
As Musgrave’s Centra banner announces its 2021 results and its SuperValu banner launches its Taste of Local initiative, we round up developments from the company. Centra: +2.5% growth to €1.98 bn in 2021… Centra reported annual growth of 2.5% in 2021, taking its sales to €1.98 bn. The banner said the growth was driven by its convenience offering, increased consumer demand for its wide range...