Drives help Leclerc close gap on Carrefour

Drives help Leclerc close gap on Carrefour

French group of department stores Leclerc has had sales of 15.9 billion euro in the first halve of 2013. That is a rise of 4.7% when compared to the same period in 2012. Most remarkable is the strong rise in sales of the drives: a rise of no less than 68% to 720 million euro. They helped the company to close part of the remaining gap on the market leader in France, Carrefour.

Drives worth 38% of sales growth

The strong rise of sales of the drives is mainly a result of the expansion of the network of drives: in the first six months of 2013 81 new drives were opened up. At the moment the company opens a new one about once a week. By the end of the year the number will have probably risen past 400, a target that was to be hit by 2015. Leclerc is clearly ahead of schedule.

 

4.5% of total company sales of Leclerc comes from drives now, but more importantly, they are responsible for 38% of sales growth. Because of this considerable growth, Leclerc is able to increase its market share: about 19% now, 0.8% higher than a year ago.

 

Not yet overtaken Carrefour

This does not mean the company has succeeded in completing the goal of CEO Eduoard Leclerc: becoming market leader on the French market. According to Kantar World Panel, current number one, Carrefour, was at a market share of 20.4% at the end of June.

 

In the period between 22 April and 19 May the CEO shortly got what he wanted. Then Leclerc had a share of 19.9% on the French market, slightly better than Carrefour at 19.6%. Afterwards things went back to the way they were before.

 

It is to be expected the price war between the two chains will continue in the coming months. Leclerc is adamant on being the cheapest chain.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Hunkemöller wants to conquer Switzerland

17/08/2017

Dutch lingerie chain Hunkemöller aims to open a chain of physical stores in Switzerland, after having already opened a Swiss web shop in September 2016. The first physical store will open its doors in October.

Shoe brand Bally put up for sale

16/08/2017

Austrian investment firm JAB Holding wants to sell Swiss shoe brand Bally, hoping to get at least 600 million euro. The same company sold shoe brand Jimmy Choo not too long ago, as it wants to focus on its food brands henceforth.

Crocs loses patent battle

14/08/2017

Shoe manufacturer Crocs has lost a patent court case revolving around the shoe’s design. According to the American Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), another company has had a similar design for much longer.

Coolcat's losses compound

14/08/2017

Dutch fashion chain Coolcat, part of entrepreneur Roland Kahn’s group, has not managed to lower its losses in 2016. On the contrary: its losses grew more than 50 % compared to the year before.

Zalando's growth once again surpasses 20 %

10/08/2017

German Zalando has achieved its 20 % growth target for the second quarter, but just barely. It still forecasts a 20 to 25 % growth for its full fiscal year.

Gucci files lawsuit against Forever 21

09/08/2017

Fashion label Gucci has decided to file a lawsuit against fashion chain Forever 21 in the United States. The case revolves around several pieces of clothing, all with a blue-red-blue or green-red-green ribbon. 

Back to top