Spain news

21 March 2013
Spain's leading grocery retailer, Mercadona, continues to produce enviable results with turnover growth above 5% for the last three years.  Its president, Juan Roig, has been voted third in a list of Spain's most influential businessmen.* We look at Mercadona's success in the past year and its priorities for 2013. 2012: "focus on what we do best: be shopkeepers" In his message at the fron...
14 March 2013
Spanish discounter DIA has launched its loyalty programme, ClubDIA, in China today. Will be in all Shanghai stores by end June DIA began testing its loyalty scheme in selected Shanghai stores in December 2012.  ClubDIA will be gradually rolled out to all stores in the city by the end of June.  Customers can find out more at www.diatiantian.com .  Key features of the scheme The pr...
08 March 2013
Catalan retailer Bon Preu grew sales by 6.5% in 2012, thanks to five new store openings. Positive result given economic conditions Bon Preu's turnover reached €752m in 2012, as it increased store numbers to 157.  Like-for-like sales growth was flat.  Catching up with Condis Bon Preu is catching up with fellow Catalan retailer Condis Supermercats , which reported turnover of €801m in ...
08 March 2013
As part of its 2012 results announcement, in which it revealed a 7% increase in gross revenue, Mercadona said it is temporarily postponing international expansion in favour of focusing on the development of a sustainable agri-food chain.  Focus on developing a sustainable agri-food chain Mercadona reported a 7% increase in gross revenue for 2012, to €19,077m, and net profit of €508m, al...
07 March 2013
Carrefour revealed solid full year sales of €76.8bn, a 0.9% increase year-on-year, but there's hard work ahead to drive growth in 2013. Reducing its debt by divesting of operations in non-core markets and seeing more than three-fold increase in net profit to €1.23bn marks the start of a new strategic phase for the retailer. Improvements in the domestic market In France Carrefour delive...
05 March 2013
Mercadona has announced its intention to enter the Basque Country, opening its first store in late 2014 or early 2015. Strategic plan involves commitment to 25 stores Mercadona has submitted a strategic plan which will see it invest more than €50m, over the next six years, to open 25 stores in the autonomous community and create 1,000 jobs.  Mercadona will also commit to purchase at leas...
28 February 2013
Lidl is set to invest €120m in its Spanish stores and infrastructure this year. Reaffirming its commitment to Spanish market The planned investment is more than 20% higher than Lidl invested in Spain in 2012. Work will commence this year on a new distribution centre in Murcia and the extension of an existing centre in Barcelona. The investment will also go towards opening new stores ...
27 February 2013
SPAR opened nearly 200 new stores in Spain in 2012, according to local press, which helped boost sales by 8.3%. In line with stated expansion plans SPAR closed the year with 1,079 stores, 175 more than in 2011, and a turnover of €1,248m.  This expansion is in line with ambitious plans set out by local partner Miquel Alimentació, which said it intends to open 500 stores across Spain ov...
26 February 2013
Eroski has met with more than 400 fresh and grocery private label suppliers in Bilbao today, to outline plans to strengthen the parties' already close co-operation as part of the strategic plan for 2013-16. Economic crisis requires joint efforts Group CEO Javier Amézaga said suppliers play a key role in developing the  Eroski model.  The retailer prides itself on its closeness to suppliers...
25 February 2013
Spanish co-operative Consum's franchise network, Charter, has reported sales growth of 22% for 2012. New stores driving sales growth Charter franchise stores reported turnover of €114.2m in 2012, driven by expansion.  A number of new members joined the franchise network during the year.  Charter opened 18 new stores in 2012, mainly in the 'home market' of Comunidad Valenciana where it op...