A man was arrested in Naples for employing dozens of undocumented immigrants in a factory that allegedly made leather goods for some of Europe's largest luxury brands. According to investigators, his sweatshop made shoes and handbags for brands such as Armani, Fendi (LVMH) and Saint Laurent (Kering).
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Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has opened its second store in Belgium, barely two weeks after the first one. In Rijkevorsel too, competition will be fierce, but the retailer says to know how to make a difference.
American fashion brand Patagonia has opened a pop-up store that will sell only second-hand clothing and its new ReCrafted collection, which has been made of irreparable clothes. The pop-up store is a physical extension of its second-hand platform WornWear.com.
After just four years, the British white goods retailer AO is to discontinue its Dutch online shop. On the European mainland, the company wants to focus exclusively on Germany - and even that now seems uncertain.
British investment company Apax Partners is looking to sell German discounter Takko Fashion, of which it is the main shareholder. After almost nine years at the helm, the British company want to sell their fashion chain at a (slight) profit.
A strike started today at the Belgian headquarters of snack manufacturer Mondelez as negotiations around a number of collective labour agreements have turned sour. Trade unions call it "unprecedented blackmail" of the social dialogue and called for a two-day strike.
According to Jumbo's financial director Ton van Veen, the Dutch supermarket chain has made an exceptionally strong start in Belgium. During the first week, turnover at the new store in Pelt was 50 % higher than expected.
As results in the first half of its financial year were better than expected, Belgian fruit and vegetable producer Greenyard has decided to cancel the announced sale of its "Prepared activities". Moreover, a search for fresh capital will also be halted, the company announced during the presentation of its half-year results.
British carpet retailer Carpetright has agreed to the takeover bid by its largest shareholder, asset management company Meditor.
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Aldi will now also deliver beer and wine to American customers’ homes. The discounter is expanding its partnership with grocery delivery company Instacart.
On 21 November, Vans is opening a flagshipstore on Oxford Street, in the heart of London. With this new store, the American brand intends to increase its presence in the United Kingdom.
German retailer Kaufland will re-introduce Unilever's products after a year-long absence. Almost a year ago, the supermarket chain ended its relationship with the FMCG group following a disagreement over prices.
American retailer Walmart has increased its sales by 2.5 % over the third quarter, predominantly driven by strong sales of fresh food and beverages. Online sales also rose sharply.
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In the third quarter, Henkel has performed in line with expectations. The German group sent out a profit warning earlier this year, but is now staying in line with its forecasts.
Cosmetics chain Rituals plans to open hundreds of new stores over the coming years, to reach 1,040 stores by the end of 2021. The average surface area of the shops is also set to increase considerably.
The owner of Dutch retail chain Action, British investment company 3i, announced in its half-yearly figures that the discounter is now worth more than 10 billion euros. Last year, the value of the retailer was estimated at 'just' 6.5 billion.
Afound, H&M group's outlet chain, will open its first physical Dutch store in Utrecht early next year. Earlier this year, the company already opened an online marketplace in the Netherlands.
Simply ask a multi-entrepreneur like Ronald van Zetten one question, and get a clear analysis of what is going wrong on the high street today. The man who is giving V&D a second lease of life as a web platform, isn't letting go of the idea of a physical store: "setting up one somewhere in town? I'm going to give it some serious thought. We're living exciting times!"
American sportswear brand Nike is no longer selling its products on Amazon. This brings to an end a pilot that lasted no less than two years. "Nike does not need Amazon", analysts agreed approvingly.
In Antwerp, Chanel has opened its first 'beauty boutique' in the Benelux. The store focuses on experience and offers perfumes, make-up, care products and sunglasses for women and men.
Belgian water producer Spadel has sold its British division to David Stockley, the current finance and administration manager of the company. The 32 employees at Brecon Carreg will be able to keep their jobs.
Michiel Witteveen, the owner of the Dutch Blokker chain, has bought the Dutch franchising rights to the fast-growing Chinese discount chain Miniso. The goal is to have three stores next year, and fifty stores in the not too distant future.
Today, Burger King has started serving vegetarian Whoppers in 25 countries, including Belgium and the Netherlands. To do so, the fast-food chain has appointed Unilever subsidiary "De Vegetarische Slager" (The Vegetarian Butcher) as its supplier.
The Dutch master franchiser of American food chain Dunkin' has announced the opening of its first Belgian location in March next year. In the long run, the retailer's ambition is to have twenty Belgian stores, as well as fifty stores in the Netherlands.
Amazon has confirmed that it will launch a new supermarket chain, beginning with a Los Angeles store that should open early next year - at the latest. With this new concept, the company is primarily hoping to seduce the average American.
Singles’ Day has once again been a great success for Alibaba: in total, consumers bought 268 billion yuan (35 billion euros) worth of goods, setting a new record. However, criticism from environmentalists of such ‘sales splurges’ is growing.
From the beginning of next year, Dutch web shop bol.com intends to expand into fashion, anticipating the arrival of Amazon.
French chain Fnac has opened its first store in Luxembourg: it was the first retailer to open its doors in the new shopping project Hamilius. Later this month, chains like Delhaize and Galeries Lafayette will follow suit.
Jumbo and Hema are going to cooperate closely in Belgium and the Netherlands. Both Dutch companies think they can profit from eachother's strengths
In a short space of time, four JD Sports stores have been robbed and plundered, two of which in Belgium. There may be a connection with a racist incident that took place in October in the Liège store.
Carrefour has reached an agreement with 3Suisses owner Shopinvest about the sale of e-commerce company Rue du Commerce. No financial details about the deal have been released.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Lidl is launching a temporary web shop in France, which is entirely dedicated to its own cosmetics brand Cien.
Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo has opened its first Belgian branch this Wednesday. RetailDetail collected and translated the most important news, analyses and comments from our Dutch-language website into one English language article. The links in this article, for those who want to learn more about the subject, point to the extensive articles on our Dutch language site.
Sports giant Adidas has seen its turnover further increase in the third quarter. Although net profit fell by 2%, the company is sticking by its outlook.