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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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K-Citymarket to open bicycle pop-up stores

Three K-citymarkets open bicycle pop-up stores in cooperation with the Suomen Polkupyörätukun . The service is a new type of Finland. Customers at K-citymarket hypermarkets will be able to enjoy a wide array and a number of different bicycle types. Pop-ups in Karisma Lahti, Seinäjoki and Oulu Joupissa Kaakkuri  will be open during the season from March to the end of […]

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Kesko grew on all areas

Kesko Group’s sales in February 2016 totalled 656.8 million EUR. In comparable terms excluding Anttila, sales increased by 5.6 percent in local currencies. “In February, Kesko’s sales increased in all strategic growth areas: the grocery trade, the building and home improvement trade, and the car trade,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander. (more…)

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Intersport to open relocated stores

Intersport opens the doors to five stores with Intersport’s upgraded store concept. ”To strengthen our store portfolio on our journey to become the best in sports, we investigate constantly the possibilities for rebuilding and relocation to adapt to customer trends in local markets,” says Ulf Kinneson, CEO of Intersport (more…)

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Biltema targets small city locations

Swedish Biltema makes an impression wherever the chain opens a department store. Now two small Swedish municipalities, Nässjö and Avesta, has made an agreement with the chain. ”The important thing for us is that we can establish ourselves in a good position. We need to be where the traffic is,” says Anders Selfors, establishment manager, Biltema. […]

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Kesko joins ICA for international home and specialty goods sourcing

Kesko partners up with Swedish ICA’s international ICA Global Sourcing (IGS) in international purchasing for Kesko’s home and speciality goods trade, to an extent of which is unprecedented in the history of Kesko. The strategy is to achieve a more diverse selection of home and speciality goods available at K-food stores.  The key objective of the sourcing cooperation mainly from […]

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Skånska Byggvaror to start shop-in-shop in five Plantagen-stores

Skånska Byggvaror expands its omnichannel offer by opening five new Swedish stores – as large shop-in-shop solutions at Plantagen garden centers. “The shop-in-shop solution at Plantagen is a dream scenario for us,” says Beiron Palm, Manager of Business Development and Production at Skånska Byggvaror. (more…)

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Kesko to provide free charging points for Tesla

A hybrid car and a contactless loyalty card is the new high tech sustainable offer for Finnish consumers from Kesko. Owners of both will soon be able to charge their cars for free in three regions while doing their grocery shopping. After one hour of charging, the car is set for approximately 100 kilometers more. (more…)

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SGN aquires 50% of Sportringen

Sportringen has attracted many Swedish Team Sportia merchants lately. Now Team Sportia/Sportia owner SGN get them back by aquring a 50 percent stake in Sportringen. SGN CEO and Team Sportia Chairman Sam Nieminen says the two brands and concepts will not merge. At the same time, Team Sportia CEO Anders Edvardsson is resigning. (more…)

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Sportamore’s sales up 59 percent in the third quarter

Swedish online sports specialist Sportamore continue to grow heavily in its Nordic neighbor markets. “It is clear that our intensified marketing efforts have had the intended effect and it is pleased that we despite these investments are profitable in our home market Sweden. This is well in line with our ambition to gradually shift the […]

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Team Sportia opens two more stores

Team Sportia is regaining power after losing several stores to competitor Sportringen and now adds two more stores to the 90 existing. First launch is a 800 square meters large store in Kristianstad, which means a comeback in the city. ”Team Sportia have been here before and there are many in the area that has really missed […]

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Private equity duo fights to become Top Toy-partner

Two private equity funds are struggling to take over the Danish toy giant Top-Toy after Nordic Capital withdrawing. writes that the Swedish giant EQT and Denmark’s largest private equity fund Axcel are most likely to be the new owners within the coming weeks. The Gjørup-family has confirmed they seek a partner and are negotiating to sell […]

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Kesko’s international operations up 12.5% in August

Kesko’s fighting the price downturn in Finland, but does better on other markets. Total sales in August increased by 0.6% in local currencies, excluding Anttila. “Kesko’s sales continued to increase in August despite the challenging market situation. Sales development was particularly strong in the home improvement and speciality goods trade outside Finland, where the growth […]

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Lego sales up 18% with help from dragons and ninjas

Danish dragons and ninjas are conquering Asian children. The LEGO Group delivered a turnover of 14,142 MDKK. First half sales were driven by double-digit growth across all geographical regions and strong product innovation. Revenue in the first half of 2015 increased by 18 percent compared with the same period last year measured in local currency […]

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XXL chose Ersboda in Umeå for new store

Norwegian sports retail chain XXL makes his first establishment in the region of Västerbotten in North Sweden by establishing in the trade area Ersboda in Umeå. The building with Willys and Jula as tenants, will be expanded by more than 4,000 square meters to accommodate XXL. The opening is planned for the spring in 2016. Now […]

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Team Sportia gains ground on bicycle market

Team Sportia increase their efforts on the bicycle market and has signed a number of cooperation agreements on purchase. Recently signed an agreement with Sport 2000, one of the sporting world’s largest buying groups and with Tvåhjulsmästarna, containing 45 bike shops around the country. This now makes Team Sportia the largest bicycle chain in Sweden. (more…)

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Mall of Scandinavia to introduce JD Sports and Nike to Sweden

Two new sports concept makes their entry in Sweden in November, JD Sports and Nike establish their first stores with the opening of the Mall of Scandinavia. In addition, Oakley shop also premieres in Scandinavia. ”Mall of Scandinavia is starring in the Swedish sports,” says Lars-Åke Tollemark, Managing Director Nordic, Unibail-Rodamco. (more…)

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XXL’s e-commerce grows rapidly

XXL Group delivered a growth of 23.2 percent in the second quarter 2015. A growing e-commerce and a tough profit goal in Finland and characterizes the report from the Nordic sports chain after a strong spring and alternative sales during the cold start of the summer. (more…)

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