Belgian telecom operator Belgacom will group all of its IT, mobile and landline activities into a single commercial brand: Proximus, which will allow the company to communicate more easily and more uniformly. The name Belgacom will not disappear, but will only be used as a corporate name.
Proximus becomes Belgacom’s prime commercial brand
In October 2016, Facebook launched a marketplace for used items in several countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. That marketplace is now also coming to Belgium, the Netherlands and fifteen other European countries.
Belgian outdoor chain AS Adventure has acquired its German competitor McTrek. The acquisition opens up the largest European outdoor market for the Belgians, thanks to McTrek’s 39 stores and web shop.
Several American department store chains continue to underperform. Both Macy’s and Kohl’s experienced turnover slumps compared to the previous year, even though they both managed to beat analysts’ expectations.
Amazon is in talks with American event location owners to see whether it could sell tickets for their events on its web shop.
German Henkel has had a record second quarter, when turnover reached nearly 5.1 billion euro. For the first time ever, its six-month turnover surpassed the 10 billion euro milestone, thanks to its acquisition of laundry detergent company Sun.
Lion Capital has approached business bank Credit Suisse to look into “strategic options” for Hema, which basically means it has to find an interested buyer for the Dutch store chain.