Belgium news and analysis

29 July 2021
Carrefour has announced Q2 and H1 results showing continued strength in several markets, especially France. At a group level, Q2 showed a sequential slowdown on Q1’s performance but was against a high comparable base in 2020. In H1 the retailer said like-for-like sales rose 3.9% to €38.3 bn. H1 highlights In the first half of its 2021 financial year, Carrefour noted several positive develop...
21 July 2021
As Albert Heijn progresses with its purchase of Deen stores, along with other retailers in the country, and Delhaize has signed partnership agreements with Foodmaker and Decathlon, we round up news from the retailer and its subsidiaries in Belgium and the Netherlands. Albert Heijn proceeds with acquisition of 38 Deen stores Following approval from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and...
19 July 2021
As Carrefour implements a big data platform across several countries, Carrefour Belgium is working with Google Cloud and, in its home market, it is rolling out parcel collection lockers, we round up news from the retailer. Carrefour implements big data platform, Eagle Carrefour has announced it has implemented Eagle, which it describes as being ‘ a new big data platform that can consolidate...
16 July 2021
Understand four sustainable initiatives from around the region that are set to change the way retailers tackle plastic and food waste. Eroski prevents generates of 1,100 tonnes of plastic Spain-based Eroski has taken steps that mean it has not had to use more than 1,100 tonnes of single use plastic annually. The retailer claims its success in removing plastics was helped by increasing the use...
12 July 2021
As Colruyt continues to invest in acquisitions and its existing operations as it look to build out its health-focused operations, we round up developments from the retailer. Colruyt Group increases stake in Newpharma… Colruyt Group has bought the shares of minority shareholders, completing a process that began in 2017. In 2017 the Colruyt family’s investment company, Korys, took a 39% stake...
22 June 2021
As it looks to support shoppers’ aim to consume products more sustainably, Carrefour in France and Belgium is rolling out several solutions and initiatives in the countries. Carrefour adds Eco-score labelling on its web site in France Local trade publication LSA has revealed that Carrefour is trialling the eco-score on its ecommerce platform Carrefour.fr. The trial, which sees a rating assi...
22 June 2021
As Cora sees a decline in revenues in 2020 at its hypermarkets in France, we round up this news and steps it is taking in France, Belgium and Romania to drive footfall in its stores and sales across all channels. Cora France sees revenues decline further in 2020 Trade publication LSA has published Cora France’s results for 2020, showing the retailer suffered a 5.7% fall in revenue to €3.854 b...
16 June 2021
Belgium-based Colruyt reported its annual results for its 2020/21 financial year saying its turnover rose 3.7% to €9.93 bn. The results were impacted by its fuel distribution business DATS 24, which saw a fall in revenue, with Colruyt reporting revenue increased by 6.4% in the year excluding the effects of fuel. Colruyt grew below market average in 2020/21 The retailer said its food banners...
25 May 2021
As Ahold Delhaize’s operations globally look to build on their impressive recent performance we look at five innovations across Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and US. Delhaize adds Payconiq digital payment option at its stores In Belgium, Delhaize is enabling shoppers to pay using the mobile payment application Payconiq in its stores. The retailer said the initiative had been driven ...
21 May 2021
We explore how Kruidvat is accelerating its investment plans to remain relevant to its customers. It is investing in its operations as it seeks to strengthen its online business and roll out a new store look and feel across its three different formats in Belgium. ‘Corona has changed the way we work’ In our future of drugstore, health & beauty report we considered five areas of change post...