Spain news

16 June 2022
Spain’s market leader and one of Europe’s most admired retailers, Mercadona is increasing its commitment to its markets Spain and Portugal. We have identified five ways it continues to develop to stay ahead of the competition. 1. Mercadona betting big on its online expansion plan Although online has been a lower priority for the retailer over the past decade, like many retailers the pandemi...
14 June 2022
SPAR International published its 2021 annual report with a 3.3% growth on global turnover at €41.2 bn, even better against 2019 at +10.7%. Europe’s dominance continues Europe’s responsible for 80% of the global turnover of the SPAR business, reporting positive year on year growth. Western Europe took €25.6 bn in 2021 which was +1.8% year on year and +13.4% vs 2019. Other European markets in...
07 June 2022
With estimated sales of €12.5 bn in fiscal 2021, El Corte Inglés has begun to recover following the aftermath of the pandemic, posting sales growth of over 20% on 2020’s figure. The results are, however, still far from the retailer’s pre-pandemic sales of €15.3 bn in fiscal 2019. El Corte Inglés continues to be affected by the poor performance of several of its businesses, particularly the Via...
01 June 2022
The region of Madrid is Spain’s most affluent, boasting per capita income of €32,000, over 35% higher than the national figure of €23,700 (in 2020). The thriving Madrid economy has created an attractive market, which continues to draw investment from nearly all the country’s largest grocers. Retailers continue to perceive the region as a key market in which to showcase their advances, in terms of...
16 May 2022
Traditionally, a large percentage of Spanish shoppers used to get their fresh food in traditional stores and markets, buying their dry groceries in supermarkets. However, in recent years retailers have improved their fresh offer, progressively gaining share from the traditional sector. Therefore, while over 30% of fresh food is still sold through the traditional sector, this figure is steadily...
06 May 2022
Spanish cooperative Eroski posted gross sales of €5.1 bn during fiscal 2021, a 4.8% decrease on 2020’s figure. The fall was attributed to COVID-19 restrictions, which were in place during parts of 2021. These affected sales at Eroski’s petrol stations, travel agencies, and its operations in tourist regions, such as the Balearics. However, despite the fall in sales, the turnover from food-based...
29 April 2022
As discounter DIA continues rolling out its new store concept and franchise model in Spain, the company has published its Q1 2022 results, posting net sales of €1 bn in its home market, 4.2% less than a year earlier. Like-for-like sales decreased by 1.8%, while the company’s store count contracted by 4.6% compared to March 2021. A shrinking store count and market share The last few years ha...
21 April 2022
Carrefour reports its first quarter sales rose 9.0% to €20,239m with like-for-like (LFL) sales up by 3.4%, we look at three key takeaways from the results announcement. 1. Carrefour continues to gain market share in France, Spain and Brazil Carrefour announced it increased its sales across France, Europe and Latin America. We highlight the three countries where the retailer is gaining market ...
12 April 2022
We have visited the first permanent cashierless store in Spain, which was opened by locally based start-up Geniot, in Madrid in March. The pilot store relies on the APRE (Automatic Pilot Retail) system, which has been developed by Geniot, and enables the store to be open 24/7 with a minimal number of staff. The launch comes after the opening of a pop-up cashierless store from start-up Ghop and fo...
04 April 2022
Over the last decade, Lidl and Aldi have evolved from being two no-frills hard discounters paying little attention to fresh produce to become increasingly supermarket-like. Thus, while their strategy remains focused on providing low prices and a strong private label offer, they have strongly upweighted their focus on fresh and organic products and ranges. Both retailers are rising up the ranki...