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The Walloon government wants to add a returnable deposit on cans and plastic bottles to fight off litter. The Flemish government wants to study the impact first.
Supermarket chain Lidl will open a new store called Now or Never, where it will sell non-food excesses at incredibly low prices.
Retail in the euro zone grew 0.4 % compared to May and compared to June 2013, it is a nearly 2.5 % increase, the strongest year-on-year growth in the last 7 years.
V&D's planning and sourcing director, Remco Boerefijn, will leave V&D to become Hans Anders' general manager Netherlands from 1 November onward.
Zeeman will charge Dutch customers one euro returnable deposit for a plastic bag. Flanders will get a similar system later this year.
American manufacturer of consumer products, Procter & Gamble, will focus on 70 to 80 core brands, with the remainder sold off or shut down.
Dutch warehouse chain Hema has had another abysmal first quarter of its fiscal year, as it has lost another 22 million euro in that period.
In the third quarter of its broken fiscal year 2013-2014, German Metro Group has managed a 1.7 % like-for-like turnover increase even though total turnover dropped 2.7 %, mainly because of exchange rate effects.
French children's clothing chain Orchestra will open a 5,000 sqm mega-store in Brussels, allegedly the largest European store for baby items, fashion and toys.
Derby's city council wants to tax larger supermarkets in an attempt to flow consumer spending back to the community, but the government fears this will result in price hikes.
The franchise stores of the Primera chain have increased their turnover 1 % in 2014's first semester, with tobacco weighing down on the growth numbers.
Unilever has failed to reach its turnover forecast in its second quarter of this fiscal year. The continuing recession and slower growth in the emerging countries have slowed down growth in general.
Sligro has demanded that North Brabant pulls out of its planned contribution to the development of a Jumbo mega supermarket. It considers to be unlawful.
French luxury goods manufacturer Hermès has had an excellent first half of 2014 with 1.097 billion euro in sales, 8 % higher than in the same period last year. Excluding exchange rate fluctuations, it would have even reached 12 %.