Austria - News & Analysis

05 January 2022
Sustainability remains an important topic for retailers in 2022, with many continuing to improve their commitments and go the extra mile. The Schwarz Group continues to raise its targets, with the intention to set improvements where necessary, while Lidl has extended its Eco-Score trial across multiple countries. Separately, SPAR Austria has introduced a deposit return scheme on glass jars, for...
07 September 2021
We bring you the latest news on Metro Group’s international activities. Metro Austria acquires Rewe’s wholesale stores The Austrian division of Metro has acquired nine wholesale stores belonging to Rewe, as well as its delivery business. Sales from the business were €125mn in 2019 and customers totalled more than 20,000. This move enables Metro to strengthen its presence in Austria and buil...
13 July 2021
With private label share of sales rising across much of Western Europe, we’ve published a series of three brand new reports for IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: Private label in Europe Private label trends in Western Europe 10 retailers winning in private label in Western Europe Here are some of the key highlights: 1. France, Portugal and Spain are am...
24 May 2021
As it announces its exit from Russia, we review developments from the retailer as it looks to invest in its operations in its remaining markets. Rewe to sell Billa Russia to Lenta… Following on from its exit from the Ukraine , Rewe has announced it is to sell its Billa supermarket operations in Russia to Lenta for €215m in cash. Billa operated 161 supermarkets with a total selling area o...
20 May 2021
Following the opening of its frictionless store with Trigo technology , we round up three further store innovations from the Rewe Group. Rewe and EG Group trial new store concept in Germany Rewe and the EG Group have announced they are to trial a new concept under the Rewe Express brand at four Esso petrol stations in Munich and Freiburg. The first store has opened in Munich, with the ot...
18 May 2021
SPAR International has published sales for 2020 showing it had grown by 7.4% at constant currencies to €39.8 bn. Its performance was driven by its operations in Western Europe, where sales grew by 12% in the 2020 calendar year. SPAR presence continued to grow in 2020… Despite the challenging operating environment, SPAR continued to expand in existing markets and into new ones as well. At th...
23 April 2021
Following on from reporting on its strong 2020 sales growth , we look at how SPAR Austria’s private label strength helped underpin its performance. Private labels meeting key and emerging shopper demand Health is a focus for both shoppers and SPAR Austria alike. The retailer, in its 2020 results, noted the on-going double-digit growth for its Natur*pur private label range, which has see...
16 March 2021
The SPAR Austria Group announced its 2020 results, reporting total sales rose 5.6% to €16.6 bn. In its home market, SPAR Austria’s food sales increased 16% to €8.32 bn, helping it gain market share during the year and, it claims, ‘ making it the new market leader in Austria ’. Total Group sales reach €16.6 bn… SPAR Austria said all its three business divisions – food retail, sports retail a...
19 November 2020
 DM reported a 2.9% increase in total group sales to €11.5bn for FY2019/20. Slower growth in Germany, but investment continues The drugstore operator reported 2.1% sales increase in Germany, reaching €8.54bn for the FY2019/20. Passing reductions in VAT to shoppers had a dampening effect on value sales, which dm estimates would have been c.3% without this impact. This compares with a 3.2% in...
03 August 2020
We look at the latest developments and news from Lidl in the US, Italy and other European countries. US: Chairman Roman Heini exits Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini took the decision to leave the company to “pursue other professional interests and spend more time with his family” as reported by website Supermarket News. Before joining Lidl US in October 2018, Heini worked for 18 years at Aldi, ...