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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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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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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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BP: looking to divest its service station network?

In the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, industry speculation is rife that BP is considering selling more of its downstream assets in order to generate some much-needed cash. While a wholesale divestment of its service stations is unlikely due to the level of integration in a number of BP's markets, the financial situation could force BP's hand in less key regions.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Aug 2010
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Stokes: closure hints at wider troubles faced by independent food specialists

The collapse of Stokes greengrocers has brought to light the difficult market conditions in which food specialists are currently operating, as multiples and symbol groups expand in neighborhood locations. As traditional players fight to maintain relevance, Verdict believes that survival in the convenience market will depend on differentiation and specialization.

Published By Datamonitor
03 Nov 2010
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Retail locations: out-of-town remains the prime location for retail growth

Over the last 10 years, out-of-town has consistently outperformed both town center and neighborhood, with average annual growth of 2.5% between 2004 and 2009, compared with 1.4% for neighborhood and 0.2% in town centers. Verdict expects out-of-town to continue to outperform due to food & grocery reliance, its relevance as a click & collect point, and the entrance of new retailers to the sector.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Nov 2010
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Chronodrive: launching a new urban click and collect format for pedestrians

Online suburban warehouse grocer Chronodrive has announced plans to launch a new urban collection point in Lille. This will be the first time Chronodrive has targeted pedestrians and cyclists hoping to purchase a smaller number of items online. The new urban format holds potential to further develop click and collect services in France, by widening their appeal beyond just motorists.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2010
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Is a Lukoil/X5 collaboration on the horizon?

Russian oil giant Lukoil is reportedly in discussions with the country's biggest food and grocery retailer, X5 Retail Group, for a potential partnership in the area of non-fuel retail at its service stations. If the joint venture goes ahead, it will give Lukoil a competitive advantage in an area of the service station business in which oil companies often find themselves struggling.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2011
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Auchan: targeting demand for convenience with new urban hypermarket concept

Auchan has launched a new city center large store format in France that looks set to fulfill consumers' growing demands for convenience. The format, which complements Auchan's existing French portfolio of hypermarkets and out of town click and collect warehouses, looks capable of competing with competitors' initiatives to target urban consumers due to its superior range and its focus on freshness.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Apr 2011

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