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GERMANY: Retailers face competition scrutiny

18 Jun 2012

German food retailers are once again in the spotlight as the country's competition authorities starts the next phase of their investigation into the sector.

GERMANY: Rewe FY profits slide

22 May 2012

German retailer Rewe has said it performed "extremely well" in 2011, despite booking a drop in full-year profits.

GERMANY: Rewe appoints Metro exec Mielsch CFO

17 May 2012

German retailer Rewe has named Dr Christian Mielsch as its new chief financial officer.

RUSSIA: Rewe's Billa arm completes Citystore buy

4 Apr 2012

Billa, the Central European arm of German retail giant Rewe, has completed the takeover of Russian supermarket chain Citystore.

GERMANY: FY sales climb at retail giant Rewe

28 Mar 2012

German retail giant Rewe said it increased is sales in fiscal 2011, with all five business segments contributing to growth.

AUSTRIA: Rewe at centre of "price-fixing" probe

1 Mar 2012

German retail giant Rewe is being investigated as part of a price-fixing investigation in Austria.

CZECH: Ahold, Rewe, Tesco pulled up over grocery expiry dates

21 Feb 2012

Four multinational retailers in the Czech Republic are alleged to have deceived customers by prolonging expiry dates on some of their food products.

CZECH: Rewe to up investment in Penny chain

15 Feb 2012

Rewe plans to double the investment behind its Penny chain in the Czech Republic.

RUSSIA: Rewe's Billa arm eyes Citystore buy

13 Jan 2012

Billa, the Central European arm of German retail giant Rewe, wants to take over Russian supermarket chain Citystore.

GERMANY: Retailers in spotlight over banana workers rights

6 Jan 2012

Charity Oxfam has accused German retailers of sourcing bananas from plantations in Ecuador that have "intolerable and exploitative working conditions".

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

23 Dec 2011

Wal-Mart stunned the US food sector this week with a decision to pull a Mead Johnson infant formula brand after the death of a baby in Missouri. In the UK, two retailers, Thorntons and Ocado, faced the scrutiny of investors after profit warnings. And, just-food launched its international food basket to highlight the difference in price between national brands and own label in seven markets.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

23 Dec 2011

This week, UK retailers Thorntons and Ocado issued profit warnings, while US food giant General Mills revealed a fall in quarterly profits. Meanwhile, in Europe, Italian retailer Conad acquired German retailer Rewe's 43 Billa stores in the country.

ITALY: Retailer Conad acquires Rewe's Italian Billa unit

22 Dec 2011

Conad, French retailer E.Leclerc's partner in Italy, has bought Rewe's 43 Billa stores in the country.

RUSSIA: X5 names Rewe's Fuchs hypermarket chief

1 Nov 2011

Russian retailer X5 Retail Group has appointed Rewe executive Jan Fuchs as the director of its hypermarkets.

On the move: Discord bookends Cordes reign at Metro Group

14 Oct 2011

Four years ago, Metro Group CEO Dr Eckhard Cordes took the top job at the German retail giant in the wake of discord in the boardroom and uncertainty over the company's future. He is set to leave the world's fourth-largest retailer in much the same way.

ITALY: Conad silent on Billa takeover rumours

3 Oct 2011

Conad, French retailer E.Leclerc's partner in Italy, has refused to comment on rumours that it is set to buy Rewe's Billa supermarkets in the country.

GERMANY: Rewe buys stake in local retailer Wasgau

3 Oct 2011

Rewe has acquired a minority stake in German supermarket chain Wasgau.

SWITZ: Denner appoints Irminger as CEO

30 Sep 2011

Swiss grocery retailer Migros has handed the temporary CEO of its discount chain Denner the job on a permanent basis.

GERMANY: Cartel watchdog launches supermarkets probe

22 Sep 2011

Germany's competition watchdog is looking at whether the country's supermarkets using their buying power to force down prices from manufacturers.

Online food retail - click-and-collect gains traction

27 Jul 2011

In part two of this month's briefing on online food retail, Glynn Davis outlines the key operating models used by the main operators. Industry watchers believe retailers are moving away from using pickers in stores to allowing consumers to order online and collect either at their outlets or at specific warehouses.

Focus: Drinking milk sales in Germany set to recover

18 Jul 2011

In 2010, sales of drinking milk products in Germany declined by less than 1% to reach EUR2.6bn (US$3.65bn), according to Euromonitor International. Research suggests that sales continue to suffer from declining unit prices across the market. However, Euromonitor's Francisco Redruello sees a recovery in sales in the years ahead.

GERMANY: Rewe plots expansion despite 2010 profit fall

24 May 2011

German retailer Rewe has unveiled plans to open more stores even after reporting a fall in profits in 2010.

GERMANY: Retailer Rewe to offer click-and-collect

1 Apr 2011

German retailer Rewe has announced it will offer a click-and-collect grocery ordering service in the Rhine-Main area.

ROMANIA: Rewe Group plans new Penny stores

24 Mar 2011

Rewe Group has revealed plans to expand its Penny Market discount operations in Romania.

GERMANY: Rewe hails sales gains

25 Feb 2011

German retailer Rewe has booked a 3.5% increase in sales for 2010, with domestic revenue outpacing growth overseas.

Talking shop: Are German supermarkets seeing a renaissance?

18 Feb 2011

The German grocery sector is characterised by low-prices and discounter dominance, resulting in razor-thin margins for operators in this highly-competitive sector.

GERMANY: Cartel Office launches grocery competition probe

14 Feb 2011

Germany's Federal Cartel Office has launched an investigation into competition in the country's grocery retail sector.

GERMANY: Rewe Group and Coop eG strengthen partnership

3 Feb 2011

German grocery retailers Rewe Group and Coop eG today (3 February) announced a strengthening in their strategic partnership, first signed four years ago.

SWITZ: Coop records FY revenue increase

5 Jan 2011

Swiss retailer Coop has booked an increase in full-year revenue as the demand for its organic products rose in 2010.

EU: Brussels backs Coop's takeover of TransGourmet

4 Jan 2011

Swiss food manufacturer and retailer Coop has been given permission by the EU to assume full ownership of Germany-based food wholesaler TransGourmet.

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