French electronics retailer Fnac Darty has set up a purchase alliance with competitor MediaMarkt Saturn. Both companies will buy together when it comes to the European retail market.
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Amazon is secretly working on robots for consumers. According to press agency Bloomberg, the tech giant wants to trial the robots at their employees’ homes and wants to present its domestic robots in 2019.
Electronics group Fnac Darty has achieved a small turnover growth in the first quarter of 2018. The group also says it took major steps in its recovery plan: before the end of 2018, it seeks 130 million euro in synergies.
It seems a lost fight to compete with web shops, but not every retailer is simply throwing in the towel. A German household appliance seller has found an original way to entice customers.
Saturn has opened Europe’s first checkout-free electronics store in Austria. The former Metro Group chain offers its customers traditional sales assistance, but payments have to happen using an app.
Ceconomy will create uniformity between Media Markt and Saturn’s online and offline pricing. This will be possible thanks to the digital price tags it now uses in the stores, because there can be altered in real-time.
2017 may have been a record year for smartphone sellers, but the market is weakening: for the first time since 2004, there were fewer smartphone sales in the fourth quarter.
French entertainment and electronics retailer Fnac Darty (owner of Belgian chain Vanden Borre and Dutch BCC) has experienced a “solid 2017”, with a nearly 40 % turnover increase.
Ceconomy, Media Markt and Saturn’s parent company, revealed a small turnover growth for its first quarter, thanks to improved online sales. Expectedly, its profit did drop.
There has been yet another thorough shake-up among Fnac Darty’s shareholders. The merger company, which owns Belgian electronics chain Vanden Borre and Dutch retailer BCC, will now welcome insurance company SFAM, after it bought investment fund Knight Vinke’s shares.
Apple broke its turnover and profit records in the first quarter of its fiscal year, which ended on 30 December 2017. Nevertheless, there are unfavourable signals, because iPhone sales were below expectations.
Korean technology company Samsung’s fourth quarter resulted in a record profit, mainly thanks its chip division, where prices remain sky high.
An Edinburgh-based store of British chain Margiotta halted its Pepper robot experiment after merely a week, because its customers apparently found it too confusing.
Media Markt and Saturn’s parent company, Ceconomy, issued an alert warning it would probably have weaker first quarter results.
Korean technology firm Samsung has released preliminary quarterly results indicating it forecasts record profits in 2017’s fourth quarter. Nevertheless, it does not seem it can live up to analysts' expectations.