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.
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German discounter Aldi has its eyes set on London after a successful test with a proximity store in Balham. Just ten days ago, arch rival Lidl also announced a plan to conquer London.
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German discounter Lidl wants to open more than forty new stores in London alone in the next five years, an ambition that comes with a price tag of half a billion pounds (560 million euros).
Lidl is reducing its online product range. In at least two countries, the German discounter is closing its online wine shop. The chain thinks delivery costs for wine are too high, compared to the income it generates.
Lidl is trialling the online sale of fresh produce in Madrid, Spain. To that end, the discount chain will be collaborating with online platform Lola Market.
A trial project in which Belgians can get their Lidl groceries delivered at home by a bike courier, is a great success - the chain says. The project is expanded with more available products and (later) to more cities, but there is a price to pay.
The German Schwarz Group has achieved a 100 billion euro turnover, for the very first time. Unsurprisingly, Lidl makes up 80 % of that result, as American turnover continues to grow. Kaufland however performs less well.
Discount retailer Aldi has adjusted the pricing strategy for its domestic market: the current low fixed prices for certain products will be raised, so that promotions on A-brand products can be expanded.
Discounter Lidl will be launching an app-based loyalty card in Germany, after a successful trial in four other countries. The Lidl Plus scheme will be rolled out to customers in Berlin and Brandenburg first.
Lidl's top executive Jesper Hojer will suddenly be replaced by Italian Ignazio Paterno. Hojer only spent two years at the helm of the discount retailer.
Swiss distribution group Micros saw its annual turnover grow by 1.4% to 28.5 Swiss franks in 2018. Earlier, its rival Coop also significantly increased its turnover and reached the milestone of 30 billion CHF for the first time.
Large mainstream retailers can’t find an adequate answer to the power of hard discounters, multinationals see the value of their brands decrease: private label is causing a true revolution, says expert Koen de Jong of IPLC.
French supermarket group Casino continues to sell its stores: the company has sold 33 supermarkets to Lidl and one Geant hypermarket to rival E.Leclerc.
Lidl is still serious about its international ambitions: the German discounter has reported strong growth figures and is moving onto new markets. That expansion comes at a cost, however: it affects profits.
British supermarket chain Tesco has announced another thorough restructuring. A total of 9000 jobs are in the balance, both in the main office and in the stores. Service counters will disappear in 90 stores.
Hard discounters Aldi and Lidl are being challenged in Germany: a new competitor claims to be 20 % cheaper: Russian price fighter Torgservis will open its first store in Leipzig on 29 January.