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

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Waitrose: expanding its convenience offer

Waitrose has announced plans to open up to 300 new convenience stores and strengthen its ties with the health and beauty retailer Boots. The two retailers will trial selling each other's ranges, with Waitrose supplying food to Boots and Boots providing Waitrose with a health and wellbeing range. With the convenience market consolidating, the time is right for Waitrose to expand.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Sep 2009
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Spar: capitalizing on resilience of convenience store retailing

Spar has posted a healthy set of results for the three months to July 2009, with like-for-like sales up 5.2% and total sales increasing 8.1%. Responding to growing competition from multiples entering the neighborhood sphere and increased consumer demand for convenience, Spar has enhanced its proposition through a re-launch of its own-brand and fresh food ranges.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Sep 2009
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Shell MasterCard cash-back rewards slashed

Citi and Shell have announced that cash-back rates are to be slashed on their co-branded Shell MasterCard, with fuel rates cut from 3% to 1%. As the card is no longer being issued, Shell is now looking to its loyalty scheme rather than its credit card to improve customer allegiance, although this may prove tricky as UK fuel customers are notoriously disloyal and price-conscious.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2009
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Maxol: maximizing its convenience offer through Spar

Maxol's partnership with Spar will lead to the rebranding of all company-owned Maxol service station shops to the Spar brand, in addition to Spar parent the Henderson Group converting 13 of its sites to the Maxol brand. This will allow both retailers to strengthen their positions in the market, and the addition of such a well established group as Spar will help to drive footfall to Maxol's sites.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Sep 2009
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Rewe: renewed focus on convenience

There have been several recent developments at the convenience arm of German retail group Rewe. The company plans to reposition its neighborhood chain Nahkauf through a new and improved concept and store design. Meanwhile, in Austria, Rewe will expand its chain of Billa stop & shop convenience stores into every Jet petrol station in the country.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Aug 2009
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St1: shaking up the Scandinavian service station market

St1 has revived competition in the Scandinavian service station market with the acquisition of 198 sites. By the end of 2009 Datamonitor predicts that St1 will have a 6% volume share in Sweden and a 4% volume share in Norway, but making further inroads will be tough.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Aug 2009
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Tesco and Comet: plugging the electric fuel gap

Supermarket giant Tesco and UK electricals retailer Comet plan to establish a network of electric car charging points on their London retail sites. Although the current supply of electric vehicles is limited, sector investment and government backing mean that retailers will eventually pose a viable threat to 'big oil' in city locations.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Jun 2009
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Autogrill and Elior: driving into Germany

Italian retailer Autogrill and French-owned Elior have both announced new tenancy arrangements with the German motorway services provider Tank & Rast. Given that Tank & Rast holds 90% of all German motorway concessions, the partnership will strengthen Autogrill's and Elior's expansion potential in Europe's largest motorway services market.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jun 2009
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Sainsbury: catering for savvy shoppers boosts sales

For the 52 weeks to March 21, 2009, Sainsbury's total sales increased to GBP20.4 billion, up 5.7% compared to 2008, and 4.5% on a like-for-like basis. Sainsbury's innovative campaigns and range architecture are catering well for the frugal consumer, while long-term plans are laying solid foundations for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
13 May 2009
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Waitrose: welcome new venture

Following the success of Moto's partnership with Marks & Spencer and its own recent ventures into smaller store formats, Waitrose opened the first of two stores at Welcome Break service areas on May 1, 2009. In light of the current trend for top-up shopping and heightened demand for quality convenience products, Waitrose's timely entry into the motorway service market is expected to be a success.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2009

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