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After an unprecedented year, two leading Swedish retailers, ICA and Axfood have released their 2020 annual reports, while ICA recently ran a virtual Capital Markets Day event.

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In 2020, despite the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there was significant format innovation in the Nordics, especially so in Sweden. This theme has continued into 2021, with several new concepts launching so far this year already. Last month, we published an exclusive article, 10 Nordic stores to visit in 2021 . We described that the region offers something for everyone to be inspi...
Having entered in preliminary discussions around a potential transaction, these have now ended, with Carrefour and Couche-Tard switching their focus to explore opportunities for operational partnerships. Opposition to any deal The discussions had been initiated by Couche-Tard’s “friendly approach” to Carrefour with the objective of acquiring the France-based retailer. However, these d...
In our recent Western European outlook 2021 article, we highlighted ‘Stepping up on sustainability’ as one of five trends that we expect to shape grocery retail in 2021. This is especially the case in the Nordics, where sustainability remains at the heart of retailer strategies despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, the World Economic Forum in Davos revealed the Global 100 Most Sustainable ...

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15/02/2021
We look at Ocado's performance, the impact of COVID-19, its strategic priorities, and the implications for manufacturers.
27/01/2021
Coop has opened its first unmanned store called Coop Mini at Sätrahöjden in Gävle. The store is 30 sq m. in size, and offers about 400 different dry, chilled and frozen products.
11/01/2021
Key influences shaping the direction of the food-to-go market around the world, this year and beyond. Illustrated with examples of retailers and operators already leading the way in adapting to changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sweden country presentation

This in-depth guide to Sweden explores the key trends in grocery retail and the growth strategies of the leading retailers in the country.

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10 Nordic stores to visit in 2021

There’s something for everyone to be inspired by in the Nordics – from unstaffed convenience stores to outperforming hypermarkets, foodservice innovation to the sustainable discount store of the future.

10 trends that defined 2020 in Sweden (part two)

We review the shopper trends driving this unprecedented year and consider the strategic outlook for ICA and Axfood.

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Use our COVID-adjusted forecasts on over 400 retailers in over 180 countries

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