Spain news

24 February 2014
Poundland has confirmed that it will launch a trial online later this year but that this would not necessarily lead to a permanent website. Trial will feature limited range Poundland's trial will not include all products available in-store. Instead, there will be a limited product range which excludes bulky items, for example, bleach. In keeping with the discounter's fixed price model, on...
20 February 2014
Gilbert Infantes has taken over as president of Supermercados Simply in Spain, while in France Auchan is trialling a hybrid checkout concept called 'Trolley Express'. New management team at Simply Mr Infantes, formerly CEO of Simply, replaces Philippe Saudo as president. He will be replaced as CEO by Enrique Garay, who has spent over 30 years with the retailer. Mr Saudo remains MD of A...
20 February 2014
Spain-based DIA has announced Q4 and full year results for 2013 saying that it had enjoyed growth in gross sales under banner of 0.3% in the fourth quarter, a slowing in the pace of growth for the whole year, which stood at 2.4%. Like-for-like sales contract in Q4 versus growth for full year DIA said that in the fourth quarter like-for-like sales contracted by 0.1% at a corporate level, a mar...
12 February 2014
The latest news from leading retailers in the market, Eroski, Gadisa and Mercadona, and an announcement from UK-based Poundland about its plans to open stores for the first time in Spain. Mercadona to roll out meat counters to more stores Mercadona has announced that following a trial at 19 stores, it will be adding meat counters to over 250, mainly in Comunidad Valenciana and the Balearic Is...
11 February 2014
Leclerc has reported an increase in group turnover of 4.4% (excluding fuel) for 2013, with a 4.9% rise in France, confirming 'the effectiveness of its strategic choices in a particularly difficult economic and competitive environment'. Anticipates a difficult 2014 Despite a good performance in 2013, Leclerc expects conditions to remain tough this year. Consumption will suffer as purchasin...
30 January 2014
Auchan has signed affiliation agreements for eight stores on Réunion Island, effective as of January 2014, and has revealed an agreement with BP to supply its stores in Spain. Auchan to supply the supermarkets and hypermarkets on Réunion Two hypermarkets took on the Auchan fascia on 28 January, with six supermarkets joining on 29 January. Auchan will supply some of the products stocked...
21 January 2014
Press reports have revealed that warehouse club operator Costco has begun construction work on its 26th site in the UK. The new warehouse, projected for completion in the late summer is located in Hounslow, close to Heathrow, west London.   Strengthens Greater London presence This will be the fourth Costco within the M25 (and with Thurrock sitting just outside), and it is understood that th...
16 January 2014
Carrefour has reported 2013 sales of €84.3bn, an organic growth rate of +2.5% (excluding petrol and calendar effect), with continued momentum internationally and rebounding growth in France. 'Resilient' sales in Europe Carrefour reported a second consecutive quarter of sales growth in France, +1.7% organic growth, with a good performance in all formats. Hypermarket sales were up, exclu...
09 January 2014
According to reports in Lineaires, Dia has opened three stores in Madrid under the Fresh by Dia banner, evolving the offer of its Dia Fresh format. Foundations come from Dia Fresh As per the Dia Fresh format Fresh by Dia stores will measure about 150 sq m, carry a range of 2,800 SKUs and target city-based shoppers through a focus on fresh. Where the stores will differ is in relation to their ...
18 December 2013
Spain-based Dia has announced a range of new initiatives as it begins the expansion of its Clarel health and beauty banner. Renovations to be completed in 2014 Dia said that it had opened 40 Clarel stores in Spain in November, with 30 set to be added in Portugal in early 2014. The retailer said that it was aiming to complete the renovations of the Spain-based Schlecker stores to Clarel in 2...