Belgian Colruyt Group saw its turnover grew by 3 % to more than 4.5 billion euros in the first half of the fiscal year 2018/19. Other results were encouraging as well for the market leader: gross profit margin increased from 25.7 % to 26.3 % and market share increased from 31.9 % a year ago to 32.4 % now.
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Heavy investments in logistics and digitisation have taken quite a bite out of Ikea's profits in the past financial year, as the Swedish furniture chain has decided not to burden its customers with these costs.
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Danish furniture chain JYSK continues its growth with a turnover of 3.6 billion euros in its financial year 2017-2018. The new record is mostly due to a large number of store openings and the chain's entry into the United Arab Emirates.
Kingfisher, Europe's second largest group of DIY chains, is leaving Portugal, Russia and Spain. The group wants to focus on its primary markets, including France, where their Castorama chain is struggling.
Both turnover and profits were in decline over the past six months at Dutch spirits manufacturer Lucas Bols. The disappointing results are due to temporary import restrictions in West Africa and fewer gin sales in the Netherlands.
Sales are slipping at a steady pace at Marks&Spencer. According to chief executive Steve Rowe, it is a situation the British chain simply has to sit out: he does not rule out the possibility of closing more stores.
French luxury brand Hermès has reached a turnover growth of almost 10 % in the third quarter of its fiscal year, mainly thanks to the United States and Asia. China is doing particularly well: the trade war between Washington and Beijing seems not to affect the French at all.
Despite a rising turnover, online fashion shop Zalando saw its overall loss reach 55.7 million euros for the third quarter. The hot summer and too many returns were quite costly for the German company.
Belgo-Dutch retailer Ahold Delhaize has seen sales and profit go up in its third quarter. A large part of the growth in both home markets and the United States was due to a surge in online sales.
2018's hot summer has boosted sales for brewers around the world. Heineken and Carlsberg are toasting their excellent results, while AB InBev is dealing with a South American hangover.
Pernod Ricard has started its financial year 2018-2019 well, but the world's second biggest producer of spirits warns that the second half of the year will not be as outspoken.
After two disappointing quarters, Dutch food wholesaler Sligro finally managed to show some growth again. Thanks to the warm summer, comparable sales increased by 3.3 %; including acquisitions, there was even a growth of 11.4 %.
British-Dutch FMCG giant Unilever has been suffering from currency fluctuations in the past quarter. Turnover decreased by 4.8 %, but without those fluctuations there would have been a 3.8 % increase. Still, even that growth number was below analysts' expectations of a 4.3 % rise.
Carrefour has had a fairly solid third quarter, with improving results for France, Belgium and Brazil. The company's e-commerce activities are also growing strongly, but Spain and Italy still struggle.
Belgian bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien has seen its profits disappear completely last year, reaching a 6.6 million dollar loss instead - despite a slight turnover increase of 1.5 %.
Swedish Ikea wants to start in another dozen new markets in the coming years. In mature markets, like Belgium, the Swedish chain will cut back on its activities.