• News

    Ahold to open first store in Belgium


    Dutch grocery retailer Ahold is going to open its first store in Belgium in March. The store in Brasschaat, located north of Antwerp and less than 10 kilometres from the Dutch border, will be franchise-owned by Nathalie and Marco Van Ende and supplied by the existing Albert Heijn warehouse in ...

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    Colruyt posts 7.9% revenue increase


    Grocery retailer Colruyt posted a revenue increase of 7.9% for its first half, from E3.29bn (£2.79bn) to E3.55bn (£3bn). For the period ended September 30, gross profit jumped 9.1% to E900.4m (£763m) from E825.2m (£699.3m), which corresponds to a gross profit margin of 25.34% compared with 25.06% last year.

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    Delhaize Group Q3 sales increase 0.8% to £4.4bn


    Delhaize Group has posted sales growth of 0.8% at identical exchange rates in the third quarter, the period between July and September. At actual exchange rates, sales increased by 8.6% to €5.3bn (£4.4bn) due to the strengthening of the US dollar by 10.8% against the euro compared with the third ...

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    Delhaize reports mixed H1 results


    Grocer Delhaize Group posted mixed first-half results. In Belgium revenues grew 5.5% to €2.34bn (£1.91bn), supported by 4.7% like-for-like growth and new store openings. Alfa Beta in Greece put in another strong performance with a 7.3% increase in revenues to €765m (£627m) and gained further market share. Operations in Romania ...

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    Colruyt Q1 revenues up 8.5%


    Discount grocer Colruyt has posted an 8.5% rise in first-quarter revenue to €1.8bn (£1.5bn). The growth was attributed to an increase in customers and the positive influence of summer weather, supporting the sale of fresh and barbeque-related produce. The group’s retail trade division reported turnover up 7.1% to €1.4bn (£1.2bn). ...

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    Delhaize Q1 revenue up 1.7%


    Delhaize Group posted 1.7% revenue growth In the first quarter of 2010 at identical exchange rates. At actual exchange rates, revenue decreased 2.3% to e4.97 bn (£4.48bn), due to the weakening of the US dollar by 5.8% against the euro compared with the first quarter of 2009. Organic revenue growth ...

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    Komplett sells Dutch, Belgian and Irish operations


    Norway’s online and mail order electronics retailer Komplett has completed the sale of its operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland to Dutch sector player ParaDigit Holding BV. The takeover also includes a licence agreement that allows ParaDigit to use the Komplett name for its online operations. The Norwegian retailer ...

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    Schlecker to close 32 stores in Belgium


    German drugstore group Schlecker expects to close 32 of its 36 stores in Belgium by the end of this year. The decision comes after it was revealed that Schlecker will also axe its stores network in the Netherlands. Schlecker’s online store for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg was axed in ...

  • Analysis

    Médiacité: Taking the Cité by storm

    March 5, 2010

    Belgium’s third largest city has something to shout about with its striking Médiacité shopping centre, and British retailers are among its most prominent early tenants. John Ryan reports

  • Photo gallery

    Store of the Week: Zigzag Liège, Belgium


    Zigzag is a homewares store that uses Denmark as a convenient cipher for designed simplicity and all-round wholesomeness.