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UK: Grocery sales growth slows - Kantar Worldpanel

1 Mar 2011

Sales growth in the UK's grocers slowed over the last quarter, according to the most recent statistics from Kantar Worldpanel, adding to signals of increasing consumer caution.

SWEDEN: Netto denies making Lidl bid

25 Feb 2011

The managing director of discount retailer Netto's international division has denied speculation that the retailer is bidding for Lidl's Swedish operations.

IRELAND: Shoppers focus on value as austerity measures hit

14 Feb 2011

Customers are shifting towards value products in Ireland as they continue to make cutbacks, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

CZECH: Spar looks to expand supermarket chain

3 Feb 2011

The Austrian arm of global symbol retailer Spar International is to turn its attentions to expanding its network of smaller supermarket stores in the Czech Republic.

UK: Waitrose and Aldi gain share as market diverges

1 Feb 2011

Upmarket UK retailer Waitrose and discounter Aldi have both gained share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest figures from analysts at Kantar Worldpanel.

UK: Waitrose tops Which? customer satisfaction survey

26 Jan 2011

UK grocery retailer Waitrose is the most popular supermarket in the UK in terms of service, according to a survey by Which?

GREECE: Lidl to purchase former Aldi stores

6 Jan 2011

Discount retailer Lidl has said it is looking to purchase ten former Aldi stores in Greece.

The just-food interview - James Lambert, R&R Ice Cream

23 Dec 2010

The ice cream sector in Europe is dominated by Unilever, the consumer goods giant behind brands like Wall's, Magnum, Carte d'Or and Ben & Jerry's. However, UK-based R&R Ice Cream is building a business to be the other major player in the market. In this month's just-food interview, Dean Best spoke to R&R chief executive James Lambert about the company's ambitions.

IRELAND: Grocery inflation keeps market in growth - Kantar

20 Dec 2010

Inflationary pressure is keeping the Irish grocery market in growth in the run up to Christmas, according to research released today (20 December).

IRELAND: Irish snub North and turn to local discounters - Kantar

23 Nov 2010

Asda and Sainsbury's market shares in Ireland dropped "significantly" in the 12 weeks to the end of October as shoppers in the country snubbed trips to the North and instead flocked to discount retailers Aldi and Lidl.

BULGARIA: Lidl to open first Bulgaria stores

22 Nov 2010

Discount retailer Lidl is to enter the Bulgarian market with the opening of its first stores in the country this week.

UK: Lidl appoints new managing director

21 Sep 2010

Discount retailer Lidl has appointed Ronny Gottschlich as the new managing director of its UK division.

UK: Lidl UK managing director steps down

8 Sep 2010

Lidl UK has confirmed that managing director Frank-Michael Mros has stepped down from his position.

The just-food management briefing - convenience stores - part I

18 Aug 2010

Convenience stores are a dynamic part of the food retail sector worldwide. As consumers gain wealth, they lose time – making convenience retail increasingly attractive. The US has blazed the trail for c-stores and any examination of convenience store retail needs to begin there.

Analysis: Will Picard's unique proposition translate abroad?

27 Jul 2010

France's largest frozen food retailer Picard is being sold to Lion Capital in a deal that is rumoured to be worth EUR1.5bn (US$1.94bn), including debt, a move that analysts have described as a positive one for the private-equity house.

GREECE: Discount giant Aldi to exit market

16 Jul 2010

Discount grocery retailer Aldi is withdrawing from Greece, it was confirmed today (16 July).

In the spotlight - Tesco invests in Ireland

16 Jul 2010

In something of a surprise move, Tesco this week announced plans to open more stores in Ireland, one of the European economies most affected by the downturn.

COMMENT: Amazon faces an uphill battle with online groceries in Germany

2 Jul 2010

In a surprise move, Amazon has launched an online shop offering fresh food and beverages in Germany. It's a project that faces huge hurdles in the highly-saturated, very competitive, price-orientated market.

BULGARIA/ROMANIA: Lidl-Tengelmann deal set for local anti-trust probe

30 Jun 2010

The European Commission has referred the antitrust review of Lidl's plans to acquire Tengelmann's Plus discount operations in Bulgaria and Romania to local competition authorities.

Iceland Foods growth fires M&A speculation

10 Jun 2010

It is one of the questions of the moment among the UK retail trade. Will consumers turn their backs on the discount sector as and when a recovery truly takes hold?

FRANCE: Lidl signs deal for Paris facility

1 Jun 2010

Discount retailer Lidl has provisionally agreed to open a EUR28m (US$34.4m) logistics facility in western Paris next year.

UPDATE: UK: Netto better suited to Europe - MD

27 May 2010

Netto MD Claus Juel-Jensen today (27 May) spoke of his "heavy heart" at the discounter's imminent exit from the UK - but hinted the chain's business had failed to win over local consumers.

SPAIN: Bon Preu in talks to sell Intermarche outlets

12 May 2010

Spanish retailer Bon Preu is in talks to sell a number of local Intermarché outlets it owns outside Catalonia.

In the spotlight: UK discount retailer Poundland

5 May 2010

For those of you who thought the discount retail bubble had burst in the UK, think again.

UPDATE: UK: Poundland can thrive in recovery, says new owner

4 May 2010

UK discount retailer Poundland can prosper even as the country's economy moves into a phase of fully-fledged recovery, the company's new owner said today (4 May).

UK: Private-equity firm Warburg Pincus "buys Poundland"

4 May 2010

Poundland, the UK retailer, has a new owner after private-equity firm Warburg Pincus reportedly agreed to acquire the business.

The market is wrong on Tesco - but right on ABF

26 Apr 2010

Just as political opinion polls can be misleading, so can the polls run each day in the world's financial districts - those listing the rise and fall of a company's shares.

COMMENT: Investors should look to Tesco's future with confidence

21 Apr 2010

It was a surprise to see that Tesco was the biggest faller on London's FTSE index of 100 leading shares yesterday (20 April).

UK: Slowing inflation hits sales at UK grocers - Kantar

30 Mar 2010

Sales among the UK's major retailers grew by 3.6% in the 12 weeks to 21 March but slowing food inflation has weighed on growth, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

BELGIUM: Colruyt outlines 2010 expansion plans

29 Mar 2010

Belgian retailer Colruyt has outlined plans to open stores at home and in France this year.

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