Jumbo and Hema announce close cooperation

Jumbo and Hema are going to cooperate closely in Belgium and the Netherlands. Both Dutch companies think they can profit from eachother's strengths

The first Belgian Jumbo, in Pelt (Limburg)

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.

Rush on new Ikea collection

Chaotic scenes took place in all of Ikea's Belgian stores this morning. This was prompted by the launch of the new Markerad collection, designed by Virgil Abloh, the artistic director for Louis Vuitton.

Adidas confirms outlook despite lower profits

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.

Marks & Spencer sees very little improvement

The first half of the year has "not been good" for Marks & Spencer, the British department store group admits. With 17 % less profit and a 2 % drop in turnover, that may well be quite an understatement.

Alibaba turnover rises sharply

In the past quarter, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba once again saw a strong increase in turnover and profit. Flourishing cloud activities are at the basis of the growth, which was bigger than expected.

Fenwick New Bond Street

With their long-term outlook, family businesses are having to dig in to survive the transformation affecting the retail sector, says Adam Fenwick. Department stores need to adapt, embrace new technology and reflect the needs and aspirations of their local community...

European support for redundant Carrefour employees blocked

The approval of 1.6 million euros in European aid for Walloon workers Carrefour made redundant has come to a standstill: too few member states want to support the proposal.

Ahold Delhaize: US and online push results upwards

Dutch retail group Ahold Delhaize has posted robust third quarter results, doing better than analysts had expected. There was a slight growth in its home markets of Belgium and the Netherlands, and significant growths in the US and online.

Primark sees comparable sales drop

Irish fashion discounter Primark achieved a 4.2 % turnover increase in the past financial year as a result of building additional retail space. On a comparable basis however, sales fell by 2.0 %.

HelloFresh on track for break-even

Meal kit delivery company HelloFresh is continuing its strong growth. In the third quarter, sales once again rose sharply and the company claims that it is on track to be break-even for the full year.

Delhaize new market leader in Serbia

Last year, Belgian supermarket group Delhaize became the largest distributor in Serbia. The chain is staving off Metro, Lidl and a number of local competitors.

“Mighty" Yuka app sees strong growth in Belgium

The French health app Yuka is quickly becoming popular in Belgium, with many consumers often following its advice. Consequently, large companies are starting to adjust the composition of their products in order to achieve a better 'Yuka score'.

EU starts investigation into alleged Casino - Intermarché cartel

This week, the European Commission opened a formal investigation into possible secret agreements between the French food retailers Casino and Intermarché. They are alleged to have coordinated their selling prices, which is contrary to EU competition rules.

L'Oréal Business Club: experience is also a question of survival

80 % of companies believe their experience is top-notch, but is that really the case? In the hairdressing salon of the future at the RetailDetail retailhub, L'Oréal Business Club is illustrating what the customer journey should look like in a truly customer-focused business.

AB InBev wants to get rid of labels on bottles

For the first time, Belgian brewery group AB InBev is marketing beer in unlabelled bottles. Using a new technique, the logo and information such as ingredients are printed directly on the bottle. In this way, the brewer intends to easily personalise packaging.

Ted Baker opens first Belgian store, with a flavour of Antwerp

British fashion brand Ted Baker has opened its first Belgian shop in Antwerp. For the interior, the brand was inspired by the history of the port city as a centre for diamonds.

Samsung opens Experience Store in Antwerp

Last weekend, Samsung opened its second Belgian Experience Store in Wijnegem (Antwerp). It is only the third to open in the Benelux, following Brussels and Utrecht. Customers are able to test products, have their devices repaired, and attend workshops.

Kretinsky becomes largest Metro shareholder

EP Global Commerce, the investment company of Daniel Kretinsky and Patrik Tkac, is increasing its stake in the German Metro group to just under 30 %. The Czech businessman will therefore become its largest shareholder.

Shareholder bid halves Carpetright share price

Asset manager Meditor has made an offer of 5 pence (6 euro cents) per share for the British Carpetright group, of which it already is the largest shareholder - with around a third of the shares in its portfolio.