Retail experts believe there is still room for additional discounter stores despite the rapid growth of players like Action, Big Bazar and Op=Op Voordeelshop.
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The sixth state reform has pushed quite a few areas of jurisdiction into the hands of the regional governments, among which the infamous IKEA law.
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Flanders had 118 Kringwinkel stores at the end of 2013 and these managed to boost both customer numbers and turnover. Furniture, textile and leisure articles perform really well.
Marks & Spencer's international director Jan Heere will leave the company shortly, the first of several management changes at the British retailer.
Hema will open a 500 sqm store in Marche-en-Famenne on 4 July, which is its 98th store in Belgium in total.
French supermarkets and retailers will no longer be allowed to use non-degradable disposable bags from 2016 onward, not even for fruit and vegetables. The proposal is part of a larger biodiversity bill, which parliament still has to approve.
HEMA has opened its second UK store in Kingston, near London. The first store had only opened earlier this month in the center of London, with a third store to open soon.
To help Hema's international expansion, the Dutch company will start to sell items through international marketplaces like Amazon and La Redoute in order to get foreign customers acquainted with the company.
Part of the shopping area will have disappeared within 10 years' time, as some areas adopt a wait-and-see policy and therefore lose their edge on the competition.
Libris Agora has closed its last Libris store in Brussels in order to save the rest of the company as it almost went bankrupt.
Worldline, an electronic payment specialist and the administrator of the Belgian Bancontact network, will be on the Paris stock exchange from 27 June. French Atos's subsidiary is valued at 2 to 2.4 billion euro.
The accusations that Qatar has "bought" the World Championship Football 2022 has not gone over well at Adidas, Sony and Visa, three of the largest main FIFA sponsors and they demand a thorough inquiry.
Swatch has revealed it will probably not reach the double-digit turnover growth it had forecast before, mainly because of adverse exchange rates, says CEO Nick Hayek.
Several Dutch franchise unions have decided to join forces in a new alliance, called "Franchisenemers Alliantie Nederland" (FANed), to be able to put more pressure on European level (among others).
Research from the Dutch Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam has shown that there is no link between the number of shopping street visitors and the number of parking spaces.
Dutch Euretco has appointed Ernst de Kuiper as its new financial director and he will also have to take charge of the IT infrastructure of the company.