Spain news

23 October 2014
Aldi may have a consistent model, but it is changing much about its product offer and how it communicates with customers. Here we look at what the retailer is doing in-store at both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd. 1. New generation stores Enhancing stores is a priority for Aldi in markets such as the Netherlands and the UK. Earlier this year, Aldi Nord expanded its Dutch portfolio with the roll ou...
16 October 2014
As Mercadona discusses expansion and El Corte Ingles looks to drive footfall through extending its relationship with Starbucks, Caprabo and Madrid’s Metro system discuss digital and e-commerce opportunities, we round-up news from the market. Mercadona sees scope for 200 more stores The president of market leader Mercadona, Juan Roig, has said that he believes there is scope to add a further...
16 October 2014
Carrefour has reported consolidated sales growth of 2.8% for Q3, on an organic basis, with improvements in overall sales for France and an "excellent performance" in Latin America. Further sales improvement in France Carrefour reported further growth in France in Q3, against strong comparables of +2%, and despite poor weather and fresh produce price deflation which Casino said earlier ...
09 October 2014
Leclerc has opened its first supermarket in Spain, under the  E-Leclerc Express banner. Strong commitment to fresh produce in-store The 1,100 sq m supermarket is in León, north-western Spain. In addition to the traditional ambient grocery and non-food offer, fresh food is well represented in the way of fresh produce, a delicatessen, butcher, and an eight metre fish counter. Greater focus...
08 October 2014
Costco delivered an impressive performance in the final quarter of the year. Total revenue increased 9.3%, comp store sales were up 7% and net income rose 13.0%. As the retailer focuses on its new financial year, we take a look at what’s shaping its strategy. Increasing capital expenditure Over the last two years Costco has picked up the pace of new store openings, with...
02 October 2014
Eroski has reported operating profit of €28.2m for the half ended 31 July 2014. New improvements in internal efficiencies, and a 14% reduction in expenses, contributed to better results. Restructuring for future success The economic downturn and weak consumer spending in Spain continued to affect Eroski. Turnover for the half reached €3,201m, consolidating the slowdown in sales. Eroski conti...
24 September 2014
As Carrefour opens a gourmet store in Italy, we look at other recent news involving the retailer's operations in Romania, France, Spain and Taiwan. Format development in Italy Carrefour opened its first Carrefour Market Gourmet store in Milan on 18 September. The outlet is on Piazza Gramsci and offers 11,000 products demonstrating "a selection of Italian excellence." Service aspects also ...
23 September 2014
Spain-based Eroski has announced that it is going to launch a new loyalty programme in October 2014 to enable customers who buy from it across its various operations – stores, online, travel agency, opticians and mobile phone contracts – to benefit. Eroski to boost savings for cardholders Eroski has said that with the launch of the new club – which follows the successful trial at two stores i...
19 September 2014
Discounter Lidl has launched transactional wine websites in Europe selling exclusive French wines. Transactional website launches outside Germany  Described on Lidl's Dutch website as 'a journey through  the French wine country', the click through leads to the discounter's first transactional website outside of Germany. The website features a small yet exclusive selection of Frenc...
10 September 2014
As Ahorramás decides to grow its presence in Madrid, Mercadona adds to its investment plans, Unide launches a new communication strategy and MAS enters the convenience store channel, we round-up news from the market. Mercadona adds to its expansion plans, focuses on innovation In separate announcements, market leader Mercadona has said that it will be adding further stores in 2014 than previo...