Dutch Sligro Food Group has had a mixed first half of the year, as turnover rose 11 % to 1,1 billion euro but net profit went down slightly from 26 million to 25 million euro.
For the first time, The Belgian Chocolate House (the world's largest chocolate retailer, selling 1000 tonnes per year) has opened a store in a Belgian shopping street. Antwerp has had the honour of receiving the chocolate store, where products can be immediately consumed.
In the intense struggle for the customers' favour, Carrefour Belgium has presented a new service - featuring personal shoppers, delivery within 90 minutes and an app that can be expanded into a market place.
There is no end to the consolidations in the coffee branch: both JAB (Jacobs Douwe Egberts) and Nestlé have expressed interest in Italian coffee maker Illycaffè, but it is not sure if the family owners want to sell.
German sportswear giant Adidas says it wants to strengthen its bond with small-scale retailers after they claimed Adidas is too aggressive in pushing its web shop, especially as they feel the brand is favouring large international chains as well.
There are several takeover candidates for both the Dutch and the Belgian stores of the bankrupt clothing chain Men at work. The curator is confident an agreement should be reached today in Belgium.
The new strategy of the British fashion brand Burberry starts to render: the company had a 3% increase of revenue in their own stores last quarter. In total, Burberry has now a revenue of 479 million pounds (520 million euros).