In the past quarter, German Henkel - manufacturer of brands like Schwarzkopf, Persil and Pritt - sold more, although the negative impact of the exchange rates meant turnover ended up lower than last year. Luckily for Henkel, profit did increase.

The German Federal Cartel Office has pressured Danish Lego into adjusting its discount system. Until now, online retailers often got lower discounts than physical stores.

German online fashion retailer Zalando has seen its turnover grow 25 % in the second quarter, while the company also managed to increase margins considerably compared to last year.

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The court in Düsseldorf cancelled the approval German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel gave for Edeka's acquisition of Kaiser's Tengelmann. The judge feels the Minister had displayed insufficient levels of objectivity.

German car manufacturer Daimler's second quarter surprised analysts: operating income surpassed expectations by 500 million euro.

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Colruyt has sold its French food service division, Pro à Pro, to Metro. The Belgian department store group said it needed to sell as the industry is currently consolidating.

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BVOH, the German trade organization for eCommerce, says a lot of brand manufacturers are creating obstacles for eCommerce.

German household appliance manufacturer Miele is set to launch a full web shop in November, one that will also sell household appliances. Several retail partners will be enlisted to ship and install everything the customer ordered.

German textile chain KIK is on its way to Antwerp. The discounter is currently mostly active in Eastern Europe, but aims to expand a lot over the next few years, with Belgium as a potential growth area.

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Customers of German supermarket chain Edeka can now pick up their online orders from a cooled package machine, at any time, day or night. 

The dieselgate scandal may have major repercussions for Volkswagen: it is not unthinkable the German car company will halt its diesel car production. On top of that, its board still faces legal problems.

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In its past fiscal year, German DIY chain Hornbach has raised its consolidated turnover by 5 %, partially thanks to a good performance in the Netherlands: its Dutch turnover growth even reached a double-digit growth.

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In the future, German online fashion retailer Zalando wants to ship clothes from every physical store and has launched a trial project in Berlin for interested retailers. 

German online retailer Zalando has published its definitive first quarter results, showing that first quarter turnover grew nearly 25 % - below the pace of 2015.

German Metro Group had to allow a 1 % turnover drop in its second quarter, because of its international activities. The German market provided the company with a turnover boost, but that was too small to compensate fully.

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The German cartel office Bundeskartellamt has fined several supermarket chains for their share in a price fixing scheme. Edeka, Metro and Netto all kept the prices of several beers artificially high, while AB InBev is also mentioned in the investigation.

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American Apple has made a remarkable move, selling its iPhone 5S on discounter Lidl's German web shop.

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German food group Lekkerland has seen its European turnover grow 4.2 % last year, to 12.484 billion euro.

Turnover for German group Beiersdorf, parent company for Nivea among other brands, has dropped nearly 2 % in the first quarter. The company points to exchange rate fluctuations, which had a sizeable negative effect.

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