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The impact on suppliers of grocers' buying pacts

With Tesco and Carrefour seeking to become the latest major grocers in Europe to work together on purchasing, Simon Creasey looks at the imp...

Talking shop November: Amazon, Alibaba, Asda

Online giants Amazon and Alibaba eyed expansion into new markets, sourcing was put in the spotlight as Wal-Mart owned Asda launched a range...

Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 2012

Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.

Richard Woodard | 2 Sep 2011

You can take your pick of French apothegms: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," or, more succinctly: "Déjà vu." Either way, industry analysts casting their critical eye over Carrefour's latest strategic revamp could be forgiven for thinking they've been here before, writes Richard Woodard.

Dean Best | 20 Jun 2011

It's likely Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson will be a little apprehensive as he heads off for work tomorrow (21 June).

Dean Best | 15 Apr 2011

Carrefour is a retailer regularly in the industry headlines and yesterday the French retail giant issued its first-quarter sales figures. Analyst reaction, Dean Best writes, was mixed.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 29 Aug 2017

Life Health Foods UK, a venture part-owned by Australian major Sanitarium, is embarking on a new strategy that has M&A at its centre and could see the business broaden its breakfast-portfolio into other categories. Dean Best spoke to Chris Laidlaw, the ex-Diageo executive recently-appointed to take the helm at Life Health Foods UK about the venture’s plans to be a European "house of foods".

Latest News

John Shepherd | 16 Mar 2017

Spanish retail groups Dia and Eroski have signed an agreement aimed at creating supply chain efficiencies in sourcing materials for their respective own-label products.

John Shepherd | 28 Jul 2016

US chicken group Pilgrim's Pride has reported a 37.5% fall in operating income for the second quarter of 2016 – down to US$237m from US$378m in the same period a year ago.

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

Spain-based discounter Dia has reportedly hired bankers to look at the potential sale of its operations in France.

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Mar 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

Lidi is to spend EUR180m in Spain this year on new stores, improving ranges in existing outlets and opening another warehouse in the country.

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2014

Dia, the Spain-based discount retailer, saw earnings rise in 2013, boosted by "outstanding profitability" in Iberia.

Dean Best | 16 Dec 2013

Spanish discounter Dia has revealed it has held initial talks to buy local supermarket chain Grupo El Arbol - but no deal has been reached.

Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 2013

Strong sales growth in emerging markets and the sale of a business in Turkey helped boost earnings for Spanish discounter Dia in the third quarter.

Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2013

Strong sales growth in emerging markets helped boost half-year profits at discounter Dia and offset lower underlying sales in Iberia and France.

Michelle Russell | 7 Jun 2013

Spanish discount retailer Dia has rolled out a trial of an online grocery offering at two of its neighbourhood stores in Madrid.

Michelle Russell | 7 May 2013

Spanish discount retailer Dia has recorded a "solid" first quarter with earnings boosted by "strong" sales momentum in Brazil and Argentina.

Michelle Russell | 24 Apr 2013

Spanish discount retailer Dia has confirmed it is to begin trialling its neighbourhood store model Dia Fresh in France.

Michelle Russell | 22 Apr 2013

Spanish hard discount banner Dia and local conglomerate Sabanci Holding have sold their business in Turkey to food giant Yildiz Holdin

Michelle Russell | 21 Feb 2013

Spanish discount retailer Dia said it ended fiscal 2012 having achieved the targets it set itself at the start of the year after booking an increase in profit boosted by growth in Iberia and Brazil.

Michelle Russell | 2 Nov 2012

Spanish discount retailer Dia has announced plans to launch a neighbourhood store model across Spain under the banner Dia Fresh.

Michelle Russell | 29 Oct 2012

Spanish discount retailer Dia has confirmed plans to launch an online store in the country.

Michelle Russell | 29 Oct 2012

Spanish discount retailer Dia has booked an increase in profit in the first nine months of the year, boosted by growth in emerging markets.

Michelle Russell | 2 Aug 2012

Spanish discount retailer Dia has recorded an increase in first-half profit, boosted by a "good business performance" in Iberia, Argentina and Brazil.

Michelle Russell | 11 May 2012

Spanish discount retailer Dia has recorded an increase in first-quarter profits, on the back of higher sales in Spain and an improvement in emerging countries.

Dean Best | 28 Feb 2012

Discount retailer Dia has reported a jump in annual profits for 2011, the year in which it was spun off by Carrefour.

Dean Best | 31 Aug 2011

Discount retailer Dia said today (31 August) that it hopes to close a deal to open more franchise stores in Brazil by the end of the year.

Sam Webb | 25 Aug 2011

Spain-based discount chain Dia has named Mariano Martín Mampaso as vice chairman of the board.

Dean Best | 13 Jul 2011

Carrefour has warned that its first-half operating profit is expected to have slumped by 23% due to problems in the French retailer's domestic market.

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