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    French grocer Leclerc reveals plans for growth in Spain


    French grocer Leclerc has revealed plans to accelerate growth in Spain, beginning by launching a price comparison website,, in Madrid. The site enables shoppers to compare prices between Leclerc and the region’s largest grocers, including Carrefour and Dia Maxi. It will be extended to other regions and comparison sites ...

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    Dia to take over troubled German drugstore chain Schlecker


    Dia is taking over the Spanish division of troubled German drugstore chain Schlecker for e70.5m (£55.9m). The deal includes 1,127 outlets in Spain and 41 stores in Portugal, as well as four distribution centres, three in Spain and one in Portugal. Dia will also retain the 4,000 former Schlecker employees. ...

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    Media Markt launches Spanish transactional website


    Electronics retailer Media Markt, owned by Metro, has launched its transactional website in the Spain. The website offers more than 3,500 items. The retailer plans to expand that to more than 100,000 over the next two years. At present the website is only operated in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. ...

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    Discount retailer Dia reports gross sales growth


    Discount retailer Dia’s gross sales rose 6.9% in the first half of 2012, to E5.75 billion (£4.57bn). The retailer’s adjusted EBITDA reached E261m (£207.6m), up 5.2% on the same period last year. The performance was driven by the operations in Iberia as well as in Argentina and Brazil. Despite a ...

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    El Corte Inglés to join buying group AMS Sourcing


    El Corte Inglés will join buying group AMS Sourcing from next January. Its inclusion will give AMS 14 retail members including Ahold, Delhaize Group, Esselunga, Jerónimo Martins and Morrisons in 28 European countries and with combined annual retail sales of approximately E130bn (£103.39bn). AMS managing director Bert Swartsenburg said: ...

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    Inditex to absorb Spanish government-imposed VAT increase


    Zara owner Inditex is to absorb the Spanish government-imposed VAT increase from 18% to 21%, so as not to increase prices. In 2010, when VAT rose from 16% to 18%, Inditex also kept prices stable. “With this decision, Inditex maintains its policy of price stability as it has ...

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    Inditex reports net profit increase


    Clothing giant Inditex reported a 30% rise in net profit to E432m (£374.7m) for its first quarter, on revenues up 15.4% to E3.4bn (£2.95bn). The retailer posted its highest-ever gross margin, which rose by 140 basis points to 60.2%. During the quarter Inditex opened 91 new stores in 26 ...

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    El Corte Inglés launches price drop on 4,500 grocery products


    El Corte Inglés has launched a price drop on 4,500 grocery products available in the food halls of its department stores, Hipercor hypermarkets and Supercor supermarkets. The items included are all basic grocery products from all sections, including fresh produce.

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    Co-operative Eroski reports net loss


    Co-operative Eroski has reported a net loss of E36m (£28.8m), a 44% improvement on the loss of E64.6m (£51.6m) the previous year. The retailer has now made a loss for four consecutive years as it continues to be hit by high level of debt and a weak economic environment. It ...

  • LK Bennett has raised £16m of new funding to accelerate expansion in the US

    LK Bennett secures funding for US expansion


    LK Bennett has raised £16m of new funding to accelerate expansion in the US.