Discount news

15 March 2013
German discounter Norma increased sales by 5.8% in 2012, to €2.6bn, according to local press reports. Momentum continuing despite economy These results follow increases of 3.7% in 2011 and 5.2% in 2010.  They are down to a strong focus on the food ranges and modernisation of the store network, according to German trade press reports. Norma has refreshed between 70 and 80 stores per year...
14 March 2013
Spanish discounter DIA has launched its loyalty programme, ClubDIA, in China today. Will be in all Shanghai stores by end June DIA began testing its loyalty scheme in selected Shanghai stores in December 2012.  ClubDIA will be gradually rolled out to all stores in the city by the end of June.  Customers can find out more at www.diatiantian.com .  Key features of the scheme The pr...
08 March 2013
Aldi Süd in Germany is centralising the purchasing of all its fruit and vegetables through an extended buying team at its Mülheim office, reports Lebensmittel Zeitung. Following Aldi Nord The new model will mirror the process already being used at sister company Aldi Nord. While Aldi Süd began purchasing some all-season produce centrally two years ago, it will now be extending this proc...
06 March 2013
Turkey-based BIM has revealed that net sales rose by 21%, reaching TRY9.9 billion for its 2012 full year. The company’s pace of sales growth slowed during its fourth quarter, relative to the full year, reaching 16%. Company maintains strategy in Turkey In 2012, BIM continued to build its store portfolio, adding 366, against a target of 400, to reach 3,655. BIM also said that during the ye...
06 March 2013
The latest data from Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks to 17 February 2013 reveals that Aldi continues to set the pace in the Irish market. 12 weeks to 19 February 2012 (% share) 12 weeks to 17 February 2013 (% share) Sales growth (Y-o-Y %) Tesco 28.1 27.7 -0.5 Dunnes 23.2 24.0 4.1 SuperValu 19.9 19.8 0.1 Superquinn 5.6 ...
06 March 2013
Lidl Hungary has announced the launch of a new supplier programme as it looks to bolster its presence of Hungarian products. Supporting local suppliers Currently about 54% of SKUs in Lidl Hungary are sourced from Hungarian suppliers. As part of its new supplier programme, Lidl is looking to increase this to 60% by 2014. Eugene Grosz, chairman of the board for Lidl Hungary, said "Our g...
06 March 2013
Jerónimo Martins has confirmed that, despite a slowing in the pace of sales growth in Poland, it is aiming to expand its Biedronka chain in the market in 2013. Number of stores opened to accelerate in 2013 In 2012 the company added 263 new stores in Poland , but stated that it was looking to add at least 290 in 2013, as part of its aim to operate 3,000 stores in the country by 2015. To suppo...
05 March 2013
Aldi Hofer in Austria, is increasing its focus on premium products with its new Gourmet range. Covering multiple categories The Gourmet range was launched this week as part of Hofer's limited availability lines. The 32 products included prosciutto, balsamic vinegar, scallops and nougat as well as premium versions of core listings, such as pesto, muesli and crisps. The packaging paral...
04 March 2013
Poundland is building a new distribution centre in Harlow to support its rapid expansion. Investing in supply chain The new 350,000 sq ft distribution centre, costing £40m, will operate as  Poundland's main distribution centre for the south east of the UK and has the capacity to serve up to 200 stores. The new centre is planned to be fully operational by 2014. Rapid expansion Poun...
04 March 2013
Discount retailer Poundworld, has revealed that its Discount Wholesale operation has seen a massive rise in sales since going online. Impressive sales growth Since last year, the Discount Wholesale business has seen an uplift of 400%, following the launch of the website (www.discountwholesale.co.uk) in May 2012. The website offers over 2,000 products, targeting independent retailers, cove...