Germany news 

24 February 2020
Edeka is introducing a new digital packaging initiative in its discount banner Netto. Netto introducing digital watermarks on packaging Netto is introducing an invisible barcode which optimises the scanning of goods at checkout. The packaging will still look the same to the shopper, however it will contain digital information printed onto the packaging, which means that when it is scanned, ...
21 February 2020
Following an agreement to sell Real earlier this month, the wholesaler has now signed a deal to sell Real to a consortium consisting of the SCP Group and investment firm X-Bricks. Deal confirmed The deal has now been signed and the last stage is for the supervisory and antitrust authorities to approve the sale. The inflow of funds will be €300m, with Real being valued at around €1bn. If t...
11 February 2020
The wholesaler has agreed to sell Real to a consortium consisting of investment firm X-Bricks and the SCP Group. Deal still to be signed Although an agreement has been made, the deal is yet to be signed and certain issues are still under negotiation. The supervisory and antitrust authorities will also need to approve the sale. However, Metro Group expects the sale to complete, with the infl...
05 February 2020
We bring you the latest news from Edeka and Rewe in Germany. Edeka expanding online through Picnic Edeka owns a 35% stake in Picnic, an online only retailer. Picnic has been expanding in Germany and will be supplying D üsseldorf and expanding coverage further from the end of February 2020. Its new hub is located in the centre of Düsseldorf and will start with a fleet of six vans and 15 r...
22 January 2020
Talk of Kaufland’s entry into Australia began in 2016, along with speculation around the potential entry of its sister company, Lidl. At the beginning of 2020, the Germany hypermarket operator looked to edge closer to entering the market, with its first store expected to open in 2021 . It has since been reported that Kaufland has invested over AU$430m (US$295m) in Australia over the pas...
16 January 2020
Metro Group has reported sales growth of 2.2%, with same store sales up 1% compared to last year. Positive performance across most markets Metro Group saw Q1 sales hit €7.5bn, with strong growth in many of its markets. In Asia, sales were up by 3.2%, in part driven by positive currency effects. In Eastern Europe, same store sales increased by 5% and in Western Europe (excluding Germany), sa...
07 January 2020
The drugstore retailer's sales reached EUR10bn, growing at a rate of 5.7% in 2019. Robust performance in Germany and overseas In Germany, Rosmmann's sales rose 5.1% to EUR7bn. This is an improvement on last year's performance, when sales rose 4.1%. Its international operations experienced higher growth at 7.1%, reaching sales of EUR 3bn. Expansion plans for 2020 In 2019 Rossmann su...
16 December 2019
Following its acquisition of Lekkerland earlier this year, Rewe has announced the management structure for the newly formed convenience department. Chief executive will continue to lead Lekkerland's former chief executive, Patrick Steppe, will head up the management of the new organisation and will report directly into Rewe's CEO, Lionel Souque. He will be responsible for the new convenienc...
16 December 2019
Amazon has secured the rights to stream Champions League games in Germany. Bringing Champions League football to customers Amazon has secured the rights to broadcast a range of Champions League matches and will show these on Tuesday evenings for the 2021-2022 season. The retailer has had the audio rights for the German Bundesliga since 2017, but this will be the first time it shows live gam...
13 December 2019
With the upcoming disposals of the Chinese operations and Real, Metro Group will be better placed to focus on its core wholesale business. Disposals underway The sales of Metro China has been confirmed, with partner Wumei taking a majority stake. Metro Group is expected to receive over €1bn in net proceeds once the deal is completed. Metro has also confirmed that it is in exclusive talks ov...