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We visited Milan, Turin and Bologna to catch up on developments at retailers from gourmet formats to discounters, and to understand the key trends driving the Italian market in 2016.

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

We look at five key trends set to shape the Western Europe in 2020. Retailers are continuing to invest in private labels, health, wellness and lifestyle choices. At the same time, retailers are focusing on evolving existing strategies and creating innovative store formats. 

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As Crai plans to continue its expansion plans throughout 2020 as Carrefour and Decathlon launch a partnership to offer shoppers more sport and well-being products in Milan and Esselunga releases H1 results, we round up news from the market.

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Italy-based Esselunga has announced plans to expand its La Esse proximity format. Separately, it has introduced strategies to support suppliers and shoppers affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   Expanding La Esse stores Esselunga revealed it intends to expand its La Esse banner after launching the first proximity store in November 2019. The retailer plans to open its La Esse ba...
We look at how retailers across Italy are implementing measures to ensure everyone has access to products as they respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We will continue to update this article with the latest measures. Technological developments Retailers understand queuing outside and inside stores is increasing shoppers’ exposure to coronavirus. The Italian government has launche...
Italy-based Esselunga announced strong sales growth of 2.9% in 2019, taking its turnover to €8.1 bn. The growth came despite tough trading conditions in the Italian market. Meanwhile, the retailer has confirmed plans to continue its expansion in 2020 and 2021. Sales performance The retailer claims the increased sales are a direct impact of a few short-term investment plans including the gro...

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