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.
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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.
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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.
German electronics group Ceconomy has released a profit warning: disappointing sales in its MediaMarkt and Saturn stores have caused the company to miss the profit forecast.
Deliveroo's continued growth comes at a cost as losses continue to accumulate. The meal delivery company's turnover doubled last year, the losses before taxes rose to 185 million pound (200 million euro). In Belgium, working conditions are currently under investigation.
Swedish fashion giant H&M saw its turnover increase by 9 % in the third quarter, but profits fell due to the implementation of new logistical systems.
Scandinavian home improvement chain JYSK has achieved a record turnover of 2.16 billion euro: CEO Jan Bøgh is particularly happy with the strong growth in the number of customers.
Spanish fashion giant Inditex reached a new record turnover in the first half of 2018, breaking the 12 billion euro limit for the first time. Profit too rose to a record high, but estimates for the second half of the year differ greatly.
Despite a weak first half of the year, the warm summer earned Belgian water producer Spadel (best know for its brands Spa and Bru) a profit growth for the entire year.
Profit at lingerie company Van de Velde went down by 25 % in the first half of the year. The company fears that improvement is not to be expected soon and warns of a "very sharp drop in profits".
Property investor Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, one of the world's largest real estate funds with a focus on offices and shopping centres, saw its rental income rise sharply. The Netherlands however told a different story.
Pernod Ricard, the second largest beverage group in the world, saw substantial growth last year thanks to China and India. Profit however remains below expectations due to higher prices of raw materials.