Opinion on Convenience Stores, Neighborhood Stores and Gas Stations in Europe

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OMV: focusing on value-added services to drive market share

Through a partnership with Western Union, fuel retailer OMV is set to offer international money transfer facilities across its network in eight Central and Eastern European countries. This is the second recent venture into the financial services space for OMV, and highlights its high focus on expanding and diversifying its service offering to drive customer satisfaction.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Jul 2010
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Government review of Spain's fuel retail policy may attract supermarkets

The Spanish government is to review its policies relating to the fuel retail industry due to low levels of competition and rising fuel prices. If the review - which aims to reduce the regulatory hurdles involved in opening new fuel outlets, restrict the power of large oil companies and increase competition - is passed, the Spanish service station sector could attract more supermarket players.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jun 2010
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Shell: aiming to surpass BP in Germany

Shell has reached an agreement to purchase 44 service stations from leading German grocer, Edeka. The acquisition would enhance Shell's position in Germany as it looks to fend off the threat of supermarket fuel retailers, and pull ahead of its main rival, BP-owned Aral. However, in such a concentrated market, doubts remain as to whether the deal will be approved by the competition authorities.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2010
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Carrefour: in search of profit through Spanish private label range

Europe's largest retailer, Carrefour, has announced the launch of its value private label range in Spain. The entry level products will meet the high demand for private label goods as well as local produce among Spanish shoppers. Moreover, it will help Carrefour to minimize the impact of deflation on its margins, boosting group profits and improving customer perceptions of the brand.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2010
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Co-operative: improving the healthiness of its private label foods

The Co-op Group has announced that it is to introduce around 100 new products into its grocery stores. This new 'Healthy Choice' range will replace existing healthy private label products in both Co-op and Somerfield stores. The consolidation is likely to be a success, given the continuing consumer demand for healthy foods and beverages and increasing trust in the quality of own-brand products.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jun 2010
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ENI Agip: expands Austrian presence with Esso network acquisition

Italian oil major ENI Agip has extended its presence in Austria with the purchase of 171 Esso branded service stations, doubling its market share in the country. The deal represents a further shake up of the Austrian fuel retail market, following German discounter Aldi's announcement that it is to expand its network of service stations selling cut-price fuel to 100 sites.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2010
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Asda: casting a wider Netto

Asda's GBP778 million acquisition of Netto's UK chain has the potential to provide an essential boost to the supermarket, which has shown the weakest performance of the Big Four grocers in 2010 thus far. In particular, this acquisition will help Asda to significantly expand its portfolio of smaller stores in an effort to exploit the rapidly growing convenience market.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jun 2010
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Tesco and Sainsbury: fighting for grocery market share through fuel discounts

In a move designed to win share in the supermarket space and cultivate customer loyalty, Tesco and Sainsbury have both reintroduced their respective 5p per liter fuel discount for customers spending GBP50 or more in-store. In the short term, such fuel promotions are unlikely to impact the UK fuel retail market, but in the long term, the threat from supermarket forecourts remains strong.

Published By Datamonitor
17 May 2010
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Contactless payment technology: at service stations in France and Germany

Fuel retailer Orlen has begun rolling out contactless payment terminals at its service stations in Germany, while in France, Carrefour has announced that it will be deploying readers throughout its entire network. Contactless payments offer benefits such as reduced transaction times and higher convenience, which should give these players a significant competitive edge in the long term.

Published By Datamonitor
11 May 2010
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Auchan: poor hypermarket performance pulls down revenues

Following a challenging year in 2009, French grocer Auchan has reported a marginal rise in sales, driven by its stores abroad. Weak domestic sales and a flagging hypermarket format have prompted the retailer to develop new store formats to meet consumer demand for low prices. Repositioning the hypermarket will prove to be a cost-effective strategy that will boost sales of the format going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Apr 2010

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