Spain news

02 September 2016
As Mercadona begins building its second data processing centre and launches a new ‘Veggie’ range and Consum expands its franchised store presence, we round up news from the country. Mercadona invests in data processing centre… Announced as part of its 2015 results statement , Mercadona has begun the construction of its new data processing centre in the area of Villadangos del Páramo, in ...
31 August 2016
Auchan has reported a 0.8% increase in revenue for the first half to EUR26,106m, at constant exchange rates, driven by expansion and positive sales trends in most of its markets. Consolidated revenue for Auchan Retail was up 0.7% to EUR25,369m (constant exchange rates, excluding fuel and VAT).  Investment to continue in H2 Although the increase in group revenue is small, Wilhelm Hubner, c...
30 August 2016
Spain-based El Corte Inglés has announced its full year 2015 results, for the year ending 29 February 2016, with a 4.3% rise in total sales, to €15.2 bn, hiding the continuing pressure being felt at its Hipercor hypermarket chain. Grocery formats remain under pressure Although the top line report from El Corte Inglés was positive, from a grocery perspective, the retailer remains under press...
16 August 2016
Lidl is building a new data hub which enables the discounter to analyse robust data. It is investing in the software as well as human resources. Better assortment optimization Lidl will upgrade its warehouse data and install new IT tools with the aim to create better market and shopper insight, gain competitive advantage and have support by taking strategic decisions. According to Lebe...
15 August 2016
We look at progress made on two of Carrefour's priorities for 2016: multi-channel expansion and digitisation. Multi-format, multi-channel expansion Chief executive Georges Plassat has spoken of his belief in the omni-channel model and continued importance of physical stores in an increasingly digital world. Carrefour has launched a number of new concepts across some of its European marke...
05 August 2016
As Eroski and Caprabo extend the reach of their franchise network, El Corte Inglés spotlights its Click&Express delivery service, SPAR expands and Consum launches a digital magazine, we round up news from the country. Eroski builds on franchise strategy Eroski has invested €6.6m in the addition of 44 franchised supermarkets during H1 2016, a pace that the retailer has said means it should h...
28 July 2016
Carrefour has reported first half sales (inc VAT) of EUR40.6bn, with "resilient sales" in France and Europe and "very strong growth" in emerging markets. Investing in multi-format model Carrefour opened 410 stores in the first half, across convenience, supermarkets, cash and carry, and hypermarkets. Convenience is a key format for development - it accounted for the vast majority of ...
28 July 2016
Spain-based discounter DIA has said its gross sales under banner rose 12% at constant currencies, to €5.0 bn, and had enjoyed an ‘ improving sales trend in Q2 2016 in every country ’. Underlining the strength of its success in Q2 DIA said like-for-like sales rose 9.7%, excluding calendar effects, in the three months, above the 7.0% seen in Q1. Strong recovery in Iberian operations In Spain an...
26 July 2016
In our recent Lidl report we have highlighted five strategic initiatives of the discounter: 1. Health and Well-being as drivers of product innovation 2. Brands where needed 3. Pan-European sourcing and vertical integration 4. Creative marketing and communication via social media 5. Large formats, city formats and metropolis, multi-channel the last of which could have a significan...
25 July 2016
Amazon has revealed investments in some of its key European markets. Italy: new development and fulfilment centres Amazon is investing EUR150m in a 60,000 sq. m fulfilment centre which will open in autumn 2017 in Rome. This builds on over EUR450m worth of investment in Italy since Amazon's opening in 2010. Elsewhere in Italy, a new development centre will open in Turin before the e...