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Lidl switches store design

Lidl has presented its new store identity in Finland – switching colors from blue to grey, introducing wider corridors and re-located departments but also improved facilities for the staff. The new look from spring 2016 onwards is based on deep consumer surveys. ”People prefer to visit the grocery store without a feeling of congestion,” says Country Manager Lauri Sipponen . […]

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Undramatic Swedish fashion sales in March

Style index from Svensk Handel Stil shows that sales of clothing in the dealer channel, measured in comparable units and in current prices, fell by 0.3 percent in March compared with the same month last year. The corresponding figure for sales in shoe stores show a decrease of 3.8 percent. So far this year, from January […]

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He takes the position as new pharmacy chain CEO

Pharmacies chain Kronans Apotek now has a new President. Lars Birkeland leave his post and is replaced today by Stig Tornell, former assortment and marketing director. Stig Tornell’s retail experience comes from a variety of positions in marketing, purchasing, store operations and sales, including the Reitan Sweden AB (Pressbyrån and 7-Eleven), Shell and the ICA Group. Since […]

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Media Markt: ”We are ready to expand in Sweden again”

After a series of cancelled store openings in 2012, Media Markt now says it is now prepared to open several new stores. The chain says that the number of profitable stores now have doubled – and points to a 67 million improvement despite  230 million SEK in losses last year. “We can confirm that the business is developing according […]

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Danish vintage giant fires CEO

The CEO of the Danish online vintage fashion store Trendsales resigns immediately. ”It is true that Trendsales’ and now former CEO Rasmus Goth Engel have agreed to separate with immediate effect, says Martin Falslev Andersen, co-founder of Trendsales to TV2. (more…)

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Dansk Supermarked to invest billions in expansion and refurbishing

Dansk Supermarked Group (Danish Supermarket Group) will annually invest 2 billion DKK in the construction of new stores, refurbishment of existing and further development of the company’s e-commerce platforms. In 2016 more than a billion will be invested in Denmark. This was announced with the annual result in European top class. (more…)

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Bygghemma goes for exclusive payment solution

Bygghemma has extended its partnership with payments company Svea Ekonomi and now gives them  exclusivity for payment solutions in Sweden, Norway and Finland, with the intention of eventually expanding to additional countries. “For us it is important to have a full partner, Svea Ekonomi is flexible and committed and relieve us in our work. Anything […]

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Per Thelin: ”I completed my job faster than expected”

Stockmann’s resigning CEO Per Thelin says he completed the reorganization the Board hired him to do. But he is ready to continue as an adviser to Stockmann’s management. ”We have now taken all the big stages and completed some. Originally, we estimated that it would take two years, but we have achieved it already,” he tells FNB. […]

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Jula to follow up customer loyalty program success with pro-club

Jula’s customer club, JulaClub, has now reached 2 million members. “It’s fantastic! 2 million JulaClub members is a proof that we have many dedicated customers. JulaClub is an extremely important key role in our endeavors to always meet the customer in the right way, “says Joachim Frykberg, CEO of Jula AB. (more…)

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Kappahl recruits new country manager from Jysk

Laura Kiianlinna-Tunkelo has been appointed Country Manager for KappAhl in Finland and will from 4 April lead and develop the sales organization in KappAhl’s 60 stores in Finland. She has extensive experience in sales, service and leadership in the retail sector, most recently as country manager at Jysk in Finland. Before that, she has also been […]

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ÖoB seeks new neighbors

Erikslund shopping area in västerås is one of Sweden’s largest, but also has many vacant premises. Now discount operator ÖoB changes neighbor from Elgiganten to Jula and Willy. “We know that we complement each other,” says ÖoB’s establishment director Josef Sommarkrans. (more…)

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ABC-chain gets local customization concept

The ABC chain is renewed, after about 20 service station stores begin to run their operations under the name Lähi ABC! with services targeted primarily to local customers, who are offered easy shopping eating, refueling and continuing connection with the purchase. The rebranded stations are located mainly in urban areas. (more…)

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Strong Swedish retail sales in February

The extra sales day in February boosted Swedish retail sales significantly. The turnover increased by 8.7 percent from February 2015 to February 2016. Retail trade for consumables showed an increase of 6.4 percent, while durables increased by 10.8 percent. In constant prices and working day adjusted the retail trade sales volume increased by 3.9 percent in […]

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Despite weaker currency – border trade boosted again

The border trade does not suffer from a weaker Norwegian currency. In Charlottenberg the retail trade has so far this year increased by over 20 percent. “When the Norwegian krone is weakened imported goods gets more expensive in Norway. Norwegian traders have raised prices a lot, especially on food, “says Lars Erik Eröy, center manager […]

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