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We spent some time in Lille to discover the stores you can’t afford to miss, and visit some of its most interesting food-to-go outlets.

This in-depth guide to France 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 retailers in France look to innovate and benefit from continued shopper interest in digital and online channels, we round up several of the new initiatives being rolled out.

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The chief executive of France-based independent retailer Système U, Dominique Schelcher, has, in an interview with Journal du Dimanche, said it enjoyed sales growth of 3%, to €20.53 bn excluding petrol, in 2019. Supermarkets and Drives aiding growth Total sales rose 3% excluding petrol, aided by the addition of 42 new stores and 90,000 sq. m of selling space, and by 2.6% including petrol. I...
Système U’s first ever pedestrian drive opened on 14 January 2020 in Montpellier, in southern France. A test for Système U The pedestrian drive opened in the centre of Montpellier, opposite a Monoprix store.  It is owned and managed by the owners of the Castelnau-le-Lez supermarket, in the outskirts of Montpellier. Shoppers will have access to the 15,000 products available on Système U ecom...
As retailers look to grow sales in a challenging market, retailers in France could face further difficulties depending on the wording of a new law and an investigation from the country’s Competition Authority. New law proposed to minimise ‘shock sales’ Following quickly after Casino announcing savings of ‘up to 120%’ and following Intermarché’s promotion of deeply discounter Nutella, ...

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