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In Valenciennes (in France, near the border with Belgium), Carrefour has opened its first French Supeco store. That is the first of five pilot stores, where the retailer will test a combination of supermarket, discount and cash&carry.
Carrefour had planned to open an automated store in the centre of Brussels, but technical and logistical considerations made the French retailer shelve its plans.
The major Belgian supermarket chains have lower profit margins than five years ago, and that is before Dutch Jumbo is set to disrupt the market even more. The reason is clear: the competition gets tougher and discounts, meant to lure more customers, cut the profitability.
In September, French retail giant Carrefour is to open the first two stores of its Spanish discounter Supeco ('supermercado economico' or 'cheap supermarket') in France. The stores will open in Valenciennes, near the Belgian border. The discounter is going through a fast international growth.
Carrefour Belgium has suffered a record 55.6 million euro loss last year, as costs for a major restructuring mounted. The hypermarkets specifically are still in a terrible shape.
The fastest-growing food retailer on the French market is - once again - German discounter Lidl. Market leader E.Leclerc continues to make progress, but Carrefour and Casino are unable to reverse the downward trend.
Even though talks between the two retailers were dropped last year, according to analysts from Barclays, a tie-up between Carrefour and its French competitor Casino would not be unthinkable, especially because of the ongoing difficulties at Casino.
French retailer Carrefour is well on track to achieve its ambitious objectives, despite uncertain market conditions. But in France and Belgium, the half-year figures are somewhat disappointing.
Lidl and Leclerc keep growing their market share in the hyper-competitive French food market, which has barely seen any growth as a whole. Most of their success comes at the cost of Carrefour, Casino and Auchan, which are all in a state of decline.
Carrefour is rolling out two new online services. Within the domestic market of France, the supermarket group will start to offer home deliveries everywhere from 2020 onward. And this year, customers will already be able to pick up their orders within two hours.
DIY giant Kingfisher will be getting a new CEO next autumn: Thierry Garnier. The Frenchman will be succeeding Véronique Laury, who stepped down this spring.
Barely a month after Carrefour's announcement that it did not consinder selling its Chinese branch, it sells 80 % to local retailer Suning.com.
In a Belgian hypermarket that was forced to decrease in size, French retail chain Carrefour has opened its first Carrefour Café. That concept merges a convenience store with features of a restaurant, and will also be introduced in other locations.