In the first half of its financial year, Colruyt Group achieved growth in revenue and operating profit. However, the group's food stores continue to lose market share.
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On Saturday 2 January, more than 500 Colruyt Group stores in Belgium will remain closed. The retailer grants its store employees an extra paid leave day to thank them for their efforts during the corona crisis.
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Halfway through the financial year, Belgian market leader Colruyt Group is doing well: its comparable turnover, its gross margin and its market share are on the up. However, profit did fall as a result of one-off events.
Belgian Colruyt Group had a first with its latest yearly report, as it added a separate sustainability report to its already rather elaborate yearly booklet. Which facts were especially noteworthy? RetailDetail found it all out.
A solid holiday season allowed Belgian Colruyt Group to raise its market share and even keep its profit margins at the same level - contrary to expectations. The company also posted another online growth, meaning online is now worth 370 million euro.
Belgian discounter Colruyt is going to open a store of its premium chain CRU in a top notch location: on the Groenplaats in the heart of Antwerp's city centre. Colruyt had acquired the location for a Spar store, but decided that it fitted better with its up-market format.
Looking at the sheer amount of companies exhibiting at the 2017 PLMA Trade Show in Amsterdam, private label must be thriving in Europe. Most notably, private label has shed its price image (partly) and more sophisticated concepts have been launched.