Central & Eastern Europe news & analysis

17 June 2021
The world in 2030 will look very different to today. The way people shop for their food and consumer goods is changing rapidly. Traditional store operating models are coming under significant strain. COVID-19 has both highlighted challenges and accelerated trends within our industry. We believe retailers and suppliers need to work harder to evolve store formats so they reflect these changes. I...
09 June 2021
As Auchan Poland launches the Drive format in the country, adds Decathlon’s products in a further country and expands its B2B service in Russia, we round up news from the retailer. Auchan launches Drive format in Poland… Auchan Retail Poland has launched the Auchan Drive service in the country at the Auchan Poznan Komorniki store. Shoppers, from the beginning of June, have been able to orde...
26 May 2021
As Auchan looks to expand its global strategy into more markets, we round up news from Poland and Romania as it launches new initiatives in both countries. Auchan to start selling second-hand products in Poland… Auchan is trialling the selling of second-hand branded products at five stores in Poland. The areas, which are branded ‘New Life by Auchan’, are aimed at helping the retailer and sh...
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...
19 May 2021
Magnit has reached an agreement with the Dixy Group to acquire its Dixy and Megamarket stores. The network amounts to 2,612 convenience stores and 39 supermarkets, which are supported by five distribution centers. On the acquisition’s completion, it is forecast to boost Magnit’s 2021 sales of RUB1,780 bn (US$24.1 bn) by up to RUB300 bn (US$4.7 bn), a 17% increase. Magnit closes the gap on X5… ...
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...
06 May 2021
As Carrefour Belgium opens its first distribution centre following its partnership with Food-X technologies and Rewe and Albert Heijn trial new last mile delivery solutions, we round up ecommerce developments from across Europe. Carrefour Belgium’s new ecommerce DC starts operations Following on from its announcement in Q3 2020 , Carrefour Belgium’s new distribution centre, which was bui...
05 May 2021
After SPAR’s local partners in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia report their results and performance in 2020, we round up how they have increased sales and the reasons behind this growth. DESPAR Italia enjoys turnover growth of 8.4% in 2020 Despar Italia reported its turnover reached €3.9 bn in 2020, up 8.4% on 2019’s results. While demand was aided by the pandemic, the company said its performa...
20 April 2021
The convenience channel remains a great opportunity for growth. We have published a series of new reports for our IGD Retail Analysis subscribers: The convenience channel’s global outlook Global growth opportunities Multiformat retailers trading convenience stores Below are some of the key highlights to help you plan for the future... Use IGD’s view to drive change...
16 April 2021
Leading discounters in Europe are developing their format and offer as they look to attract shoppers from other channels. This is seeing them evolve to be more like supermarkets, leading them to adjust their ranges, locations and adding value to compete beyond a solely price-focused strategy. However, in Russia, the discount format is taking a different trajectory. While some are evolving towa...