Supermarket group Spar International continues to expand: for the third year in a row, turnover has grown by more than 5 % as Dutch and Austrian sales soar.
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Foodmaker has opened its first French restaurant in Paris, only its second abroad. The Belgian restaurant chain wants to double its turnover this year, thanks to foreign expansion.
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Irish Primark saw its profit rise by no less than 25 % in the past six months. The fashion discounter now accounts for two thirds of the profit of parent holding company Associated British Foods, which also distributes sugar and Twinings tea.
French sports chain Decathlon has opened a store of 4300 sqm in Emeryville, near San Francisco: for the French retailer this is a return to the United States after twelve years of absence.
Beerwulf, a Dutch speciality beers web shop, is expanding into five new countries: Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland join the five countries where the web shop is already active.
Hema had a bumpy ride last year: comparable turnover dropped and losses increased due to the change in ownership. The department store chain is therefore making some bold choices: it's selling its bakeries and developing wholesale activities for the first time.
Second-hand chain Troc.com has been acquired by Happy Cash, a similar chain from France. The takeover should put Happy Cash in a stronger position internationally and digitally.
Fnac, Darty and Vanden Borre may soon be joined by another chain: the group is said to be considering the acquisition of French retailer Nature & Découvertes. The hobby chain currently has 100 outlets, and might prove to be an interesting addition.
Two years after opening a French language web shop, Dutch Coolblue is now set to open its first physical store in Belgium's French speaking area. Bilingual Brussels has already been confirmed, but the company is also looking for suitable locations in Liège and Charleroi.
Belgian fashion chain ZEB has announced a venture into a new market segment: with 'Zeb for Stars' the multi-brand retailer wants to expand into children's fashion and sees possibilities for up to twenty stores. .
In Vienna, Chinese cellphone brand Huawei is soon opening its first store outside of China. While it claims it is already the second largest smartphone supplier in Austria, it is looking to strengthen its position in the rest of Europe.
Over the past twenty years, Japanese Rakuten has evolved from a simple webshop to a veritable empire divided into more than seventy services. Founder Hiroshi Mikitani is not yet satisfied: he has got his eye on Europe and the United States, hoping to become a global force to be reckoned with.
British sandwich chain Pret a Manger is to open its first two Belgian restaurants in August. Locations of choice are two railway stations in Brussels: Central and South.
Hvisk, a brand that sells purses and accessories, has its eye on the Benelux. The colourful Danish brand wants to expand further into Europe and is working on that in Belgium, with the Netherlands to follow.
Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn will not leave Belgium, but rather double its number of stores. After the merger with Belgian chain Delhaize there was speculation that owner Ahold Delhaize would choose between its two chains, but instead they will both expand heavily in Belgium.
Brussels-based pizza chain Mamma Roma has announced a three-toothed fork of priorities of 2019: featuring a new restaurant concept, its first three stores in the Dutch-speaking area of Belgium and deals with a few major supermarket chains. A possible acquisition by Dr. Oetker is off the table.