RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February (16-20), RCH Group will be exhibiting at EuroShop, the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements. On booth #G49 in Hall 6 the company will introduce a number of new POS solutions – responding to the future-oriented and dynamic trends of the retail industry and building upon the technological and aesthetic capabilities that sit at the core of RCH’s product development.

Improving the strategic abilities of small and medium operations with improved analytics and accountancy

A key element of RCH’s attendance at the show will be the international debut of the WALLE 8T – a product which aims to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and increase the ability of small and medium retail operations to engage in effective fiscal management and financial analytics.

WALLE 8T constitutes a POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products standard, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying interface and functionality, allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

With intuitive front-end operability and highly flexible back-end analytics and accountancy features, even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.

In addition to the WALLE 8T, RCH will also be demonstrating a range of new product evolutions, with a focus on meeting the aesthetic needs of retail outlets.

Novelty with a Vintage look

Whilst RCH always prides itself on the technological developments that increase the functionality and usability of its products, there is also recognition that supporting the strategic goals of customers will not always spring exclusively from technological innovation alone. The aesthetics and atmosphere of retail venues are key strategic components for a business, and cash registers constitute an incredibly visible element within a store.

For this reason, RCH is proud to introduce the Cortina 59. With metal drawer and printer, the Cortina embodies a stylish, vintage design that fits well into retail environments that are seeking a more nostalgic aesthetic that reminds of past cash registers. Available in five different colours (white, black, blue, red, yellow), the Cortina 59 doesn’t just meet the functional needs of a commercial environment, but in itself becomes a beautiful centrepiece – actively contributing as a piece of decoration and functional furniture. Electronic based capabilities with all of the RCH functionality you expect, embodied in true mechanical charm.

NEW Robust POS product

For retail environments that do favour a modern and slick aesthetic, at the other end of the RCH design spectrum is the A-IRON. Part of the ATOS 15 range – and therefore embodying all of the usability, versatility and functionality expected from RCH’s signature line – the A-IRON combines aluminium and steel into the physical POS unit to enhance an image of modernity and elegance, with clean lines and a solid appearance.

President and CEO of RCH Stefano De Pra, stated: “Our path to innovation is a combination of creativity and market needs, elegant design and functional aspects. Technological innovation sits at the core of our products – as its beating heart, but a diverse range of beautiful external aesthetics makes them fit-for-purpose in a variety of retail contexts. The novel products we are introducing this year at EuroShop will meet the expectations of an international market that appreciates reliability, the use of resistant, robust materials and considered design that combines to create easy-to-use and decorative POS products.”

More information about RCH Group SpA and its products is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group Highlights at EuroCIS 2019: ATOS 15 Elegant; ABOX 3 2.0; ATOS Software and the Cash Desk K2 XL

RCH Group Highlights at EuroCIS 2019: ATOS 15 Elegant; ABOX 3 2.0; ATOS Software and the Cash Desk K2 XL

TREVISO, Italy, 2019-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA will again exhibit on EuroCIS 2019, which is the leading Trade Fair for Retail Technology taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 19th to 21st, 2019.

The company’s highlights at EuroCIS 2019 will include:

ATOS 15 Elegant
Looking for top of the range elegance at your Point of Sale? Atos 15 Elegant combines pure elegance with high-end technology. Featuring all the functionality and connectivity of the Atos15M, the Atos 15 Elegant comes with a 16:9 fully adjustable monitor that is supported by the stability of a solid chrome-effect base.

ABOX 3 2.0
Bringing a smart revolution to the POS, Abox 3 2.0 is an 80-mm all-in-one Android solution that is bursting with potential. The unit comes pre-loaded with RCH’s renowned open-standard based on ATOS Android software allowing it to remotely connect with any compatible Android device, such as a printer, a tablet and so on. The Abox 3 2.0 has been intelligently designed to deliver heightened efficiency while saving a maximum of space at your sales point. The compact unit is integrated with a 10-inch, 16:9 capacitive touch screen which makes the monitor more responsive to gestures with your fingers such as swiping and pinching.

Our most popular software solution for all android applications.

ATOS Software: Easy Integration with Third Party Applications
RCH’s ATOS software-based Android solutions are founded on open standards and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems (scales, payments, kitchen monitors). ATOS software and its extended modules are fully designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support to fully communicate with third-party systems. This results in a secure, reliable and modular product for each market requirement.

Innovating in the evolution of electronic cash systems. Automation adding fast and safe transactions, advanced cash and staff management and innovative POS.

This year for the first time, RCH Group will have group-member, DATA4, exhibit its innovative payment systems on its stand. DATA4 manufactures advanced self-service and automatic systems for the payment of goods and services in cash or electronically. All of DATA4’s automatic payment solutions are based on open source technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems. Each system is designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support so that the payment terminals fully communicate with third-party systems. The result is a secure, reliable product for every system requirement.

The Cash Desk K2 range includes the XL, Slim and the most recent WALL version.

Cash Desk K2 XL
A payment kiosk can now be a valuable point-of-sale and an additional revenue generator thanks to the Cash Desk K2 XL. The device is integrated with a 43-inch monitor, digital signage technology and self-service payment capabilities. This innovative solution communicates each option and activity to the consumer via the screen, resulting in a more personalised experience in choosing and purchasing goods.

Cash Desk K2 XL is modern in design and style, yet elegant and simple, featuring a frontal area backlit by LED. Furthermore, its uninterruptible power supply ensures that all the transactions are safely executed for 20 minutes after a power cut occurs.

NEW at EuroCIS 2019

Cash Desk K2 WALL
Retaining all the features of a multi-payment kiosk for the issuance of receipts and/or tickets, this compact wall and desk version includes a 17″ monitor and a self-service electronic cash system that can be customised for different applications such as events, food & beverage, retail, wellness and sport facilities.

Across the product range, there are common themes: harnessing the most modern and flexible solutions – particularly making use of cloud-based technology, and increasing convenience and efficiency for the client, particularly in streamlining accounting and cash management processes. Innovative use of both hardware and software in combination drives a solution-based approach to POS cash management and electronic ticketing – and always with a focus on distinguished, stylish and modern Italian design. Enduring elegance, innovation and simplicity of function are what set RCH products apart, and will all be in evidence in Hall 9, Stand B51.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Amazon Music launches “The U2 Experience” available to U2 fans from U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria

  • Amazon to Launch an Exclusive Broadcast of New and Archived Interviews from U2, Including Live Recordings of Songs from the Band’s Upcoming Album “Songs of Experience”
  • Available to Amazon Music Account Holders in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria via Amazon Music on Web, Mobile, and Amazon Echo Devices Where Available For a Limited Time; Launching Simultaneously Across Multiple Time Zones on November 29 at 6pm EST
  • Prime Members and Amazon Music Unlimited Subscribers Just Ask, “Alexa, Play the U2 Experience”

SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon Music today (Nov. 28, 2017) announces “The U2 Experience”: a first-of-its-kind broadcast for Amazon Music designed with the voice experience in mind. Launching simultaneously across multiple time zones on November 29 at 6 pm EST, “The U2 Experience” is a new type of radio, filled with historical and new exclusive content produced by Amazon Music and available to U2 fans who tune in from the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, ending just before the release of the band’s upcoming album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. Only available during its one-time broadcast and exclusively on Amazon Music, “The U2 Experience” will be available at www.amazon.com/theu2experience and on the Amazon Music mobile app and Web Player for iOS, Android, Mac, and PC. In a new way of listening, the broadcast will also be available to all Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK through Alexa, on Amazon Echo devices, simply by asking, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience.”

“I hope you don’t need to know anything about U2, or anything about the context, to enjoy [Songs of Experience],” says U2 guitarist, The Edge. “I think it’s an album of just classic songs, great melodies great hooks, great lyrics. I think there’s very few bands in the history of rock and roll that have been around and made as many albums as we have with the same lineup…that perspective is unique, you know? On the last record [Songs of Innocence] we wrote about where we came from. How this band came together, Dublin of the late 70s early 80s, and this new record is the companion album. But it’s from this current perspective now… So many years later, what have we learned?”

For a limited time, fans will be able to drop into the broadcast and begin listening wherever the unique audio is currently in progress. “The U2 Experience” features a chronology of the band’s career, including commentary surrounding the significance behind iconic songs and legendary stories from the road, as told through live broadcast interviews with the band spanning nearly 40 years. Also included are some of the legendary rock group’s biggest hits, and live recordings of songs from The Joshua Tree and Songs of Experience, recorded during The Joshua Tree Tour 2017. The immersive audio show also includes a new and exclusive interview with U2 and Amazon Music’s global head of programming, Alex Luke, which took place during a stop in Sao Paolo, Brazil on tour this Fall.

“Few bands have as storied a career as U2, and we saw an incredible opportunity to build a broadcast for their fans,” said Luke. “This all goes back to voice innovation, and what we’ve built is an immersive, ephemeral listening experience for our customers, with a wealth of interviews and content going back nearly 40 years.”

In a brand-new format for Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers in the U.S. and UK can simply ask, “Alexa, play The U2 Experience,” and will immediately be dropped into the broadcast, wherever the unique audio session is currently in progress. “The U2 Experience” is available to listen on the mobile app and Web Player in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria, to all customers with an Amazon Music account, with or without an Amazon Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription, available only before the launch of U2’s new album, Songs of Experience, on December 1. Immediately following the show, the band’s new album, Songs of Experience, will be available to purchase on Amazon Music and stream for Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers.

“The U2 Experience” is the latest feature to launch within Amazon Music’s personalized natural language voice controls powered by Alexa, which has reimagined how customers experience music. When paired with Alexa, customers can ask for music by lyrics, mood, genre, era, and activities, simply by voice. Learn more about Amazon Music by visiting: www.amazon.com/music.

Start Times for “The U2 Experience”:

  • UK: Wednesday, 29 November 23:00
  • U.S.: Wednesday, 29 November 18:00 EST / 15:00 PST
  • Germany/Austria: Thursday, 30 November, 12:00am

From “The U2 Experience”:

Interview with Bono, 2017:

“Songs of Experience is kind of a rhyme. Your world view when you’re 17 or 18, contrasted with where you are now. I was very strict, very black and white, with the way I saw the world, whereas now I’m not. I see it in very different terms. When I was a kid – I saw the world as us and them. I think Edge was the same. But now I realize that the biggest obstacles you come up against in your life are probably not what you thought they were. It’s probably you.” – Bono

Interview with The Edge, 1987:

“‘Bullet the Blue Sky’ is a great example of why I love being in a band, as opposed to trying to be a solo artist. And it’s because, when Adam [Clayton] started playing that bass part… it is something I never, ever would have come up with in a million years. I think it is his greatest-ever bass part. He changed that piece of music, utterly, and made it what it is. The bass is of something totally different and unique.” – The Edge

Interview with Adam Clayton, 1981:

“I suspect we’ve always had this sound. We’ve always been U2. And you know, U2 is a thing that evolves constantly. And maybe a year from now, the sound will be slightly different from the sound on Boy. It’s impossible to tell because it’s a natural evolvement, all the time.”- Adam Clayton

About Amazon Music

Amazon Music is the destination for customers to have the most choice in how to access and listen to all their favorite music. In addition to streaming with Amazon Music Unlimited (standalone, on-demand music streaming service) and Amazon Prime Music (included in Prime memberships), where available, Amazon Music offers a wide selection of CD and Vinyl, including AutoRip on more than a hundred thousand albums, and tens of millions of MP3 songs to purchase and own. For more information on Amazon Music visit  and follow @AmazonMusic.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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ARKET opens its first store in Germany

ARKET opens its first store in Germany


The first ARKET store in Germany, 004005-940, is now open. The new store is located on Weinstraße 6 in Munich, and is following the brand’s launch in London and online, as well as store openings in Copenhagen and Brussels earlier this autumn

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Oct-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Housed in a new four-floor building in the centre of the city, between the famous 12th-century town square and the landmark ‘Frauenkirche’ cathedral, ARKET will be a modern-day market offering essential products for men, women, children and the home.

The store occupies the entire building, a space of approximately 1,000 square metres, and includes
a café based on the New Nordic Food Manifesto. The café is located at the ground level with outdoor seating in a laneway courtyard, next to Munich’s historic breweries and beer gardens.

“This is a unique opportunity for us. We feel very lucky to be able to open the first ARKET store in Germany in this interesting corner location. It is a beautiful space, it feels very modern but has a depth of character already, with natural light flooding the store from all directions”

Ulrika Bernhardtz, Creative Director, at the time of the store’s announcement earlier this year.

ARKET means ‘sheet of paper’ in Swedish. Its mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time. The collections are composed of ARKET’s own products alongside a selection of the best examples from other brands.

For more information, please contact press@arket.com

Source: H&M


AmRest becomes Pizza Hut master franchisee for Germany

Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Mar-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announces signing on March 27th, 2017 the Binding Head of Terms (the “HoT”) with Yum Restaurants International Holding, Ltd (“Yum”) and Pizza Hut Delivery Germany GmbH (“PH Delivery”) aimed at becoming Pizza Hut master franchisee for Germany and acquisition of two Pizza Hut delivery stores in Dusseldorf.

The HoT determines the key terms and conditions on, and subject to which AmRest would become the master-franchisee for 74 restaurants currently operated by multiple subfranchisees in the German market. The Company, as a master-franchisee, would have the right to granting the license to the third parties to operate Pizza Hut restaurants, while ensuring a certain share of restaurants operated directly by itself. Additionally, AmRest would acquire 2 Pizza Hut equity restaurants (“Equity Business”) from PH Delivery. The purchase price for the Equity Business is subject to the results of a due diligence to be carried out by AmRest.

Intention of the HoT parties is to finalize the transaction within next couple of months, which is a subject to conclusion of the agreements required for the acquisition of the Equity Business from PH Delivery (“Purchase Agreements”) as well as certain agreements with Yum: the Master Franchise Agreement (“MFA”) and International Franchise Agreement for each of the equity units. If the Purchase Agreements and the MFA are not signed by May 30th, 2017 the HoT shall terminate immediately, unless otherwise agreed in writing by both parties.

Management Board sees huge room for growth in Germany and is enthusiastic about another transaction aimed at strengthening AmRest presence in that potential market. The Company entered that country in 2012 with opening of La Tagliatella restaurants. The expansion in Germany was continued through acquisition of 144 Starbucks stores in mid- 2016 and the takeover of 15 KFC equity units that was finalized just couple weeks ago.

“We are very happy about this great opportunity of creating and building the future of Pizza Hut brand in Germany. This is another step in establishing our presence in Western Europe as well as a milestone in executing our strategy of building nr.1 Pizza Brand in Europe. We are delighted to welcome so many sub-franchisees and Pizza Hut teams in our AmRest family” – said Monika Czyż, Pizza Hut Delivery&Express President at AmRest.

The transaction perfectly embodies AmRest’s plans of accelerated growth of the Pizza Hut brand, recently realized by signing the master franchise agreement for Central and Eastern Europe and the acquisition of Pizza Hut Delivery business in France. The development plans for Germany will be focused mainly on Pizza Hut Delivery and Express concepts.

The Management Board believes that the dynamic development of Pizza Hut brand in Europe combined with the Company’s vast operational experience and unique Core Values will contribute to the value creation for the Company’s shareholders.


Dorota Surowiec
IR Manager
+48 71 386 1235

Source: AmRest

Diebold Nixdorf to showcase its full portfolio of retail self-checkout solutions at EuroShop 2017, March 5 – 9 in Düsseldorf, Germany

DÜSSELDORF, Germany, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Diebold Nixdorf is presenting its full portfolio of retail self-checkout solutions—powered by software and services—to drive connected commerce and automate cash-handling at EuroShop 2017, the world’s largest trade show for the retail sector. From March 5 – 9 in Düsseldorf, Germany, at booth E62 in hall 6, visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the company’s new retail automation solutions for all segments and store formats, as well as software solutions for connected commerce.

According to the industry analyst firm RBR, the number of self-checkout installations grew by 5 percent in 2015, but the market remains full of potential.  In the UK, for example one in seven point-of-sale (POS) terminals in supermarkets have been converted to self-checkout systems.  In France, it is one in every 22 systems and only one in 100 in Germany.1 Yet, more than half of all consumers in Germany would use self-checkout systems if they had access to the technology in stores, according to a TNT Infratest commissioned by the EHI Retail Institute.

The industry’s leading checkout solutions will be showcased in Diebold Nixdorf’s booth at EuroShop 2017:

  • The recently introduced eXpress self-checkout solution can be used as an interactive kiosk or a payment terminal with a compact design that meets the industry’s demand for a miniaturized footprint. The user-friendly design is ideal for smaller grocery and convenience stores and supports cashless payments via card or smartphone.
  • The BEETLE/iSCAN EASY Hybrid checkout solution offers retailers unparalleled flexibility with the option to be used as a self-service terminal for smaller purchases during off-peak hours or as a traditional cashier-assisted checkout terminal during peak hours.
  • The K-One Kiosk solution was designed to digitalize the in-store consumer experience by quickly and seamlessly assisting consumers throughout their visit. The versatile, tailored solution can be easily adapted to changing consumer demands, with functionality for order taking, customer service, product information, ticket and lottery sales and even self-checkout.
  • The new Value Line is an attractively priced back office cash management entry-level solution for automatic coin and banknote processing at checkout. It is especially designed to handle smaller payments, such as those made in bakeries, butcher shops and pharmacies.

In addition, Diebold Nixdorf will show brick-and-mortar retailers how they can benefit from deploying mobile touchpoints such as the BEETLE mobile POS. Integrated with other partner technologies, this solution includes versatile possibilities of using beacon technology for direct customer communication and personalized one-to-one marketing in the store – prior, during and after conducting purchases. According IDC Retail Insights, stores offering mobile services are on the way to becoming as equally important as product variety, brands and prices.

Checking online availability of items before going to the store, ordering a product online and picking it up at the store, or ordering a product online that is not available in the store, as well as accessing stock in other stores and returning ordered goods in the store are normal shopping patterns today. With Diebold Nixdorf’s TP Application Software Suite, the company will present several consumer journeys to show how omnichannel processes can be quickly and efficiently deployed in heterogeneous environments. The open, service-oriented software platform links all consumer touchpoints and store applications, from loyalty tools and mobile customer services to back-end systems, and centrally controls all functions between the individual stationary and mobile touchpoints.

“Consumers expect fast, convenient and personalized shopping experiences,” said Thomas Fell, Diebold Nixdorf senior vice president, retail. “Our comprehensive portfolio of solutions not only enables retailers to meet their customers’ expectations but also provides them with options for an efficient and cost-effective realignment of their processes and customer services.”

About Diebold Nixdorf
Diebold Nixdorf is a world leader in enabling connected commerce for millions of consumers each day across the financial and retail industries. Its software-defined solutions bridge the physical and digital worlds of cash and consumer transactions conveniently, securely and efficiently. As an innovation partner for nearly all of the world’s top 100 financial institutions and a majority of the top 25 global retailers, Diebold Nixdorf delivers unparalleled services and technology that are essential to evolve in an ‘always on’ and changing consumer landscape.

Diebold Nixdorf has a presence in more than 130 countries with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. The organization maintains corporate offices in North Canton, Ohio, USA and Paderborn, Germany. Shares are traded on the New York and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol ‘DBD’. Visit www.DieboldNixdorf.com for more information.

1 RBR. Global EPOS & Self-Checkout 2016.

Ulrich Nolte
Media Relations – Germany
Email: ulrich.nolte@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: +49 5251 693 5211

Steve Virostek
Investor Relations
Email: steve.virostek@dieboldnixdorf.com
Phone: 330-490-6319

Source: Diebold Nixdorf

The latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK, Germany, and Japan

The latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick now available in the UK, Germany, and Japan


SEATTLE, 2017-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon has announced that the latest generation Amazon Fire TV Stick is now available for customers in the UK, Germany, and Japan. Read the press release announcing Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote in the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/pr, Germany: www.amazon-presse.de, and the Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote in Japan: www.amazon.co.jp/press.

“Our customers love Fire TV, and we’re thrilled to introduce the latest generation Fire TV Stick in the UK, Germany, and Japan,” said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV. “Since its recent launch in the US, the all-new Fire TV Stick has quickly become a best-seller on Amazon.com and received more than 35,000 five-star reviews. With our new content-forward UI, powerful voice search, and a growing collection of movies, TV episodes, and apps, Fire TV helps customers easily find and enjoy their favorite TV content.”

The all-new Fire TV Stick is 30 percent faster than the previous best-selling version, has a powerful quad-core processor for streaming high-quality video, and offers access to thousands of apps, games, movies, and TV shows. Customers in the UK and Germany can also use the included Alexa Voice Remote to get the news and weather, check their commute, get sports scores, create shopping lists, play music, and more. With the included voice remote, customers in Japan can use their voice to search for their favorite programming and control playback of Amazon Video content.

With the new Fire TV Stick, customers have access to a completely redesigned interface that makes finding what to watch even easier and more enjoyable. Fire TV Stick offers a new cinematic experience, delivering video trailers and content screenshots to help customers access the content they want. Fire TV also shows you the best viewing options – stream, rent, or buy – to help you choose content based on convenience and value. Finding and enjoying apps and games is also easy with a customizable app list on the home screen.

The all-new Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is available for pre-order now in the UK and Germany, and will ship to customers starting in April. The latest generation Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote is available for pre-order now in Japan and will begin shipping to customers April 6.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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AmRest Holdings SE acquires 15 KFC restaurants in Germany

Wroclaw, Poland, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — AmRest Holdings SE („AmRest”, “the Company”) (WSE: EAT), the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe, announced today (1st December 2016) that on November 30th, 2016 the Company signed an agreement with Kentucky Fried Chicken (Great Britain) Ltd., German Branch to acquire 15 of its equity stores in a EUR 10.3 million deal. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions, which are expected to be satisfied within next couple of months.

In the opinion of Management Board of AmRest, this acquisition will accelerate the Company’s journey towards market leading position in Europe. Upon closing of the transaction, AmRest will further reinforce its position in prospective German market, where it already operates Starbucks and La Tagliatella brands.

“We are very happy about the opportunity which this agreement brings to AmRest and KFC brand. The 20+ years of experience in operating KFC restaurants by AmRest in a multicountry environment together with the great expertise of our Yum! partner in Germany gives us high confidence that this partnership will create a lot of value in the future for our guests, employees and shareholders. Our vision for Germany assumes rapid expansion over the next few years as the KFC brand is really well accepted by German Customers. We are also confident that our commitment to excellence in the way our restaurants are operated will help us elevate the Customer’s experience even further” – said Olgierd Danielewicz, KFC Brand President at AmRest.

Insa Klasing, General Manager KFC Germany commented: “AmRest has proved to be an extremely strong partner for KFC in our other European markets, and not only brings substantial financial resources with it, but also considerable know-how and a shared value system”.

AmRest’s intention is to leverage its strong expertise in operating KFC brand, acquired by operating more than 500 restaurants in 8 European countries, to substantially expand scale of this business in Germany. This transaction represents a perfect match with AmRest’s strategy and a true opportunity to enhance AmRest’s growth profile, which shall result in value accretion for the Company’s shareholders.

For further information please contact:

Michał Serwatka
IR and M&A Manager
+48 71 386 1246

Source:  AmRest Holdings SE

METRO AG signs corporate declaration on Climate Action Plan 2050 for Germany

  • The Plan falls in line with METRO GROUP’s own climate action goals for 2030 and with the goals of the Paris Climate Change Conference
  • Strong signal for an ambitious and concrete Climate Action Plan that offers sufficient planning security for companies
  • Climate action creates jobs and makes companies fit for the future
  • 41 companies and associations from industry and trade sign Climate Action Plan Declaration

Düsseldorf, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO AG, together with 40 companies and associations from industry and trade, signed a corporate declaration on the draft of the Climate Action Plan 2050 for Germany. With this move, METRO GROUP not only supports the efforts for enhanced energy efficiency in Germany, but also consistently pursues its own commitment to climate protection. According to its climate protection goal for 2030 announced in late 2015, METRO GROUP plans to curb its carbon dioxide output per square meter of sales floor by 50 percent as compared to 2011 by means of company-wide energy efficiency measures, use of natural coolants and in-house production of renewable energy.

“The responsible use of natural resources to protect the climate represents a central element of our sustainability strategy. We are convinced that climate action in addition also creates jobs and enhances the competitiveness and sustainability of companies”, says Heiko Hutmacher, Chief Human Resources Officer of METRO AG and board member responsible for Sustainability. “For us, signing the Climate Action Plan 2050 Declaration is, to some extent, also a confirmation of our own ambitious climate action targets and of our efforts in this field to date”.

METRO GROUP this year again made it to the top rankings for the retail sector of the leading international indices Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe. Moreover, it is also the sector leader of the “Carbon Disclosure Project 2016 Consumer Goods” in the DACH region. Energy saving investments, especially into modern and highly efficient lighting fixtures, use of daylight and refrigeration units as well as meanwhile more than 100 wholesale stores using CO2 refrigeration technology and the extension of photovoltaic systems on the roofs of wholesale stores in China, Turkey, Germany, Spain and Italy, have contributed to this achievement. In the financial year 2015/16 just ended, METRO was able to launch its first “green cash & carry store” in Dongguan, China. In the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, the company is operating a combined heat and power plant in cooperation with EON. A few weeks ago, METRO Cash & Carry Germany, Real, Media-Saturn and further METRO GROUP entities, together with Galeria Kaufhof, founded the energy efficiency network “Handel im Wandel” (retail in transition) with the aim of saving 100 gigawatt hours until 2018.

The Climate Action Plan is to give companies a basis for action to become international leaders with sustainable innovations and to thereby optimally use the economic opportunities offered by climate action. METRO AG, together with the supporters and co-signatories of the declaration, states that companies need planning security to be able to move forward in terms of climate action and energy transition. That is why it is important that the Climate Action Plan with its clear climate target is aimed at the upper end of the present target sector of an 80 to 95 per cent reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions until 2050. Moreover, sector targets for 2030 should be specified to allow for the development of concrete decarbonisation plans and new business models. In addition, the declaration stipulates that the Climate Action Plan should draw the pathway to a significantly enhanced energy efficiency and a quick shift towards 100 per cent renewable energy.

The statement endorsed by 41 companies and trade associations will be published on 9 November in view of the planned cabinet resolution on the Climate Action Plan and just ahead of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on 4 November.


The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 112,000 people around the world. In 2014/15, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around €37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.

For more information, please visit www.metrogroup.de

Corporate Communications
Metro-Straße 1
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Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany

Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany
Amazon announces Alexa, Echo, and Echo Dot now available in the UK and Germany


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Sep. 14, 2016) announced that Alexa, Echo, and the all-new Echo Dot are now available for customers in the UK and Germany. Read the press release announcing Alexa in the UK: www.amazon.co.uk/pr and in Germany: www.amazon-presse.de.

“Millions of customers love Alexa, and we’re thrilled to introduce her to the UK and Germany,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices and Services. “We’re also excited to expand the Alexa Skills Kit and the Alexa Voice Service, so developers and hardware makers around the world can create Alexa experiences for UK and German customers.”

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice—they’re always ready, hands-free, and fast. Alexa is the brain behind Echo and Echo Dot—just ask, and she’ll answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, recite your calendar, check sports scores, control lights around your home, and much more. With far-field voice control, Echo and Echo Dot can do all this from across the room. Since Alexa runs in the cloud, she is always getting smarter—plus, it is simple and free for developers to build Alexa skills and integrate Alexa into their own products. In the US, there are already over 3,000 skills available for Alexa.

Echo and Echo Dot will start shipping in the UK in the coming weeks. In Germany, Echo and Echo Dot are available by invitation for customers who want to help shape Alexa as she evolves—the devices will start shipping next month.

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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The German e-commerce industry benefits from Georgia’s under-utilized .GE ccTLD


Germany, 2016-Aug-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The success of thousands of German businesses is in jeopardy, hindered by the oversubscribed domain extension .DE. Soon, there will be no domains left for new businesses to register.

As the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Germany, the .DE domain extension represents a booming online marketplace serving a domestic population of over 82 million. The third most popular top-level domain (after .COM and .TK) the .DE zone has very few short or dictionary word domains left available. In no time at all, those looking to register their business online will have to choose between obscure names, misspellings, or random word combinations to secure a domain in the .DE zone. Their customers will never find them.

This is a serious problem that has the power to halt the growth of the German e-commerce industry, but there is a small group of marketers working tirelessly to address it – and they’ve found a solution.

According to GlobalR.com, a domain registry specializing in .GE domains, the entire English-speaking world knows Deutschland as Germany. To them, .DE is irrelevant and Georgia’s .GE ccTLD is the obvious choice for native German businesses. With barely 30,000 registered domains in the .GE zone, this under-utilized ccTLD represents an unrivaled opportunity for German business owners, giving them their pick of domain names and a ccTLD the majority of consumers automatically associate with Germany.

It’s a solution Germany’s e-commerce industry has been quick to champion. The result has been a marked improvement in the .GE domain name registration procedure, with the process now automated and usually taking no longer than 48 hours. Add to that the competitive prices of .GE domains, almost limitless choice of names, and the development of bulk registration packages, and it’s little wonder pioneering businesses and startups all over the country are rushing to capitalize on the many lucrative opportunities available to owners of a .GE domain.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

METRO GROUP to build its largest logistics hub in Marl — the largest one in Germany

Düsseldorf, 2016-Jul-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — METRO GROUP plans to build its largest logistics hub in Marl to service the German wholesale stores of METRO Cash & Carry and the Real hypermarkets. With a total area of more than 220,000 square meters and over 1,000 jobs, it will be at the same time the largest retail logistics park in the whole of Germany. The new hub represents a central element of METRO GROUP’s new logistics strategy announced in September 2015.

“The location in Marl is a stroke of luck for our logistics strategy in Germany”, says Mark Frese, Chief Financial Officer of METRO GROUP and also responsible for the company’s logistics. “With this new hub, we complete the new logistics network of METRO GROUP in Germany and will be able to even better meet the needs of our sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real in the future.” New, modern logistics hubs, a stronger centralisation of the goods flows as well as adaptations at the existing locations are to significantly enhance the product availability, quality and freshness. As part of the reorganization and replacing the former seven logistics hubs, the logistics services shall in the future be provided by two new, more modern and larger logistics centers as well as by one extended location, and handle a significantly larger volume of goods.

METRO GROUP had intensively examined potential properties in recent months. The main criteria included property size, development costs, soil conditions, ownership structure and transport infrastructure. Following the presentation of a new location in Kirchheim an der Weinstraße in March this year, the new METRO GROUP logistics park in Marl will combine the new, central German warehouses of Real and METRO Cash & Carry at one location. Together with the warehouse in Hamm, which is to be extended, the two new locations form the basis of the new, modernised logistics network of METRO GROUP in Germany.

At the newly created logistics hubs for METRO Cash & Carry and Real in Marl, gradually around 1,000 employees shall be working starting from Autumn 2017. All employees from the existing logistics locations in Essen, Kamen, Unna and Frechen will be offered jobs there.

Details of the retail logistics park in Marl:

Scheduled start of construction                                            3 rd quarter 2016

Area central & fresh produce warehouse Real                   approx. 140,000 m²

Area central & fresh produce warehouse                             approx. 80,000 m²
METRO Cash & Carry

Employees                                                                                  around 1,000

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates over 2,000 locations in 29 countries and employs more than 220,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets. www.metrogroup.de

METRO LOGISTICS Germany GmbH is the logistics services and competence centre of METRO GROUP. Within METRO GROUP the company steers the merchandise flows of the METRO GROUP sales lines METRO Cash & Carry, Real, Media Markt and Saturn. The range of products handled by METRO LOSTICS warehouses and platforms in Germany comprises some 20,000 items in the categories fresh, frozen and dry foods and several hundred articles in the categories fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and meat as well as non-food. METRO LOGISTICS employs around 3,200 employees in its distribution centres and its headquarters in Düsseldorf. www.metro-logistics.de


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Hudson’s Bay Company’s Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH enters Europe with the announcement of first five stores in Germany

TORONTO, NEW YORK and COLOGNE, 2016-Jul-04 — /EPR Retail News/ —Hudson’s Bay Company (“HBC” or the “Company”) (TSX: HBC) today announced the first five locations for its premium off-price banner Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH in Germany. The introduction of Saks OFF 5TH in the European market will launch with a flagship store in Düsseldorf, with further stores in prime city center locations in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden. The stores are currently expected to open during the summer 2017.

Jerry Storch, HBC’s Chief Executive Officer, stated “We see great opportunities for the premium off-price shopping experience offered by Saks OFF 5TH as a new concept in the retail market. Saks OFF 5TH will complement our existing German department store banners and will further accelerate the growth of HBC Europe. We are confident that the introduction of Saks OFF 5TH will resonate with German consumers and enhance the shopping experience within these city centers by introducing an exciting new retail format.”

The Carsch-Haus in Düsseldorf, an established fashion destination, will be the first to open and become Saks OFF 5TH’s flagship store in Germany. For the Saks OFF 5TH locations in Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, HBC will convert stores currently operating under the Sportarena banner, making significant investments during the process. GALERIA Kaufhof will continue to offer sports equipment as part of its merchandise assortment.

All employees of Carsch-Haus and Sportarena will receive a job guarantee for equivalent positions within either Saks OFF 5TH in Germany or GALERIA Kaufhof. The European business of Saks OFF 5TH will be managed out of Cologne.

Wayne Drummond has been named General Manager of Saks OFF 5TH Europe. Mr. Drummond, who has almost 30 years of experience in the department store sector, was previously responsible for numerous categories within HBC’s North American Department Store Group (DSG), including men’s, kids, women’s and Topshop/Topman product assortments. Berna Bartosch joins the team as Chief Merchandise Officer of Saks OFF 5TH in Europe. The former TJX Europe (TK Maxx) purchaser brings extensive merchandising expertise and will lead the Company’s merchandise strategy. The management will report to Don Watros, President of HBC International and Head of the Supervisory Board of GALERIA Kaufhof.

Over time, HBC plans to open up to 40 Saks OFF 5TH stores in Germany. The Company is also preparing to introduce the banner into the Netherlands in 2017. Saks OFF 5TH features an impressive selection of designer fashion, accessories, and footwear for men and women, along with home merchandise, boasting in-season and on-trend offerings from more than 800 leading designer brands at incredible prices. Saks OFF 5TH operates more than 100 stores in the United States and Canada, and saksoff5th.com. In 2015,15 new Saks OFF 5TH stores were opened in North America.

About Hudson’s Bay Company

Hudson’s Bay Company is one of the fastest-growing department store retailers in the world, based on its successful formula of driving the performance of high quality stores and their allchannel offerings, unlocking the value of real estate holdings and growing through acquisitions. Founded in 1670, HBC is the oldest company in North America. HBC’s portfolio today includes ten banners, in formats ranging from luxury to better department stores to off price fashion shopping destinations, with more than 460 stores and 66,000 employees around the world.

In North America, HBC’s leading banners include Hudson’s Bay, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt, and Saks OFF 5TH, along with Find @ Lord & Taylor and Home Outfitters. In Europe, its banners include GALERIA Kaufhof, the largest department store group in Germany, and Belgium’s only department store group Galeria INNO.

HBC has significant investments in real estate joint ventures. It has partnered with Simon Property Group Inc. in the HBS Global Properties Joint Venture, which owns properties in the United States and Germany. In Canada, it has partnered with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust in the RioCan-HBC Joint Venture.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this news release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company’s plans to open up to 40 Saks OFF 5TH stores in Germany, the Company’s expectation that the first five stores will open in the summer 2017, the benefits that are expected to result from the expansion of the OFF 5TH banner into Germany and the expectation that all employees will receive a job guarantee. Often but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “plan”, “could”, “should”, “would”, “outlook”, “forecast”, “anticipate”, “foresee”, “continue” or the negative of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology.

Although HBC believes that the forward-looking statements in this news release are based on information and assumptions that are current, reasonable and complete, these statements are by their nature subject to a number of factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations and plans as set forth in such forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons. Some of the factors and risks – many of which are beyond HBC’s control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict – include, among others – (a) the risk that HBC is unable to open up to 40 Saks OFF 5TH locations in Germany, (b) the risk that the expansion requires capital expenditures in excess of those currently anticipated, (c) the risk of introducing new brands into new markets and of doing business abroad, (d) the risk that the anticipated benefits from the expansion cannot be realized, (e) credit, market, currency, operational, liquidity and funding risks generally, including changes in economic and geopolitical conditions, interest rates or tax rates, and (f) risks and uncertainties relating to information management, technology, supply chain, product safety, changes in law, competition, seasonality, commodity price and business.

HBC cautions that the foregoing list of important factors and assumptions is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect its results. For more information on the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause HBC’s actual results to differ from current expectations, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of HBC’s Annual Information Form dated April 28, 2016, as well as HBC’s other public filings, available at www.sedar.com and at www.hbc.com.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe HBC’s expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by applicable Canadian securities laws, HBC does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.


Andrew Blecher
Hudson’s Bay Company
Phone: (212) 391-3179
Email: Andrew.blecher@hbc.com


Dirk von Manikowsky
Hering Schuppener Consulting
Phone: +49 211 430 79-265
Email: hbc@heringschuppener.com

Gerd Koslowski
HBC Europe / GALERIA Kaufhof
Phone: +49 (221) 2235595
Email: gerd.koslowski@kaufhof.de

Source: HBC

METRO GROUP achieved like-for-like sales in Q1 2015/16 on prior year level (0.1%)

  • Group like-for-like sales in Q1 2015/16 on prior year level: +0.1%
  • Very good Christmas business in Germany with like-for-like sales increased by 2.1%
  • Currency adjusted sales growth at METRO Cash & Carry compensates for portfolio changes
  • Media-Saturn with positive sales development especially in Germany and Western Europe
  • Sale of METRO Cash & Carry Vietnam successfully completed; positive EBIT effect of more than €400 million

Düsseldorf, Germany, 2016-1-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to preliminary figures, METRO GROUP achieved like-for-like sales in Q1 2015/16 on prior year level (0.1%).METRO Cash & Carry and Media-Saturn showed sustained positive development in terms of like-for-like sales. In the corresponding quarter of the previous year, sales in Russia benefited from pull-forward effects in the course of the rouble crisis, which then were even compensated through the overall strong Christmas quarter in 2015. METRO GROUPsales in local currency fell just slightly by 0.1%. Reported sales fell by 1.5% to €17.1 billion (Q1 2014/15: €17.3 billion) due to the development of exchange rates – primarily that of the Russian rouble – and portfolio effects in particular. “The positive development in terms of like-for-like sales at METRO Cash & Carry and Media-Saturn continued into financial year 2015/16. We can also look back on a very good Christmas business, particularly in our domestic market, Germany, with like-for-like sales rising by 2.1% in December,” said Olaf Koch, Chairman of the Management Board of METRO AG. “We remain confident for financial year 2015/16, despite the difficult environ-ment, and expect positive development thanks to the range of measures introduced in our sales lines. We retain our original forecast.”

Strategic realignment has allowed METRO GROUP to make progress in introducing new services, expanding delivery and multichannel business and portfolio optimisation in Q1 2015/16.

METRO GROUP completed the sale of its cash & carry business in Vietnam successfully end of December 2015. The EBIT effect of more than €400 million will be included in Q1 2015/16 accounts. Therefore the reported result will increase significantly in Q1.

In Q1 2015/16, METRO GROUP opened a total of 11 new stores across 8 countries: 5 METRO Cash & Carry- and 6Media-Saturn stores. Of the new stores, 5 are located in the important expansion countries Russia, Turkey and India. Due to the sale of METRO Cash & Carry Vietnam the total number of METRO Cash & Carry stores decreased by 19. In addition, 2 Media-Saturn stores in Russia and 1 in Italy were closed.

METRO GROUP Q1 2014/15 Q1 2015/16
Sales (€ billion) 17.3 17.1
Change (€) -2.3% -1.5%
Change (in local currency) 0.5% -0.1%
Like-for-like 2.3% 0.1%


Development of the sales divisions in Q1 2015/16


METRO Cash & Carry

Sales at METRO Cash & Carry rose by 0.2% in like-for-like terms in Q1 2015/16, marking the tenth consecutive quarter of positive development. Sales in local currency fell just slightly by 0.1%. Reported sales declined by 2.4% to €8.0 billion. However, it should be noted that sales in the corresponding quarter of the previous year still included sales from business in Denmark and Greece. In addition, sales of METRO Cash & Carry Vietnam were only consolidated until the end of November 2015.

Sales at METRO Cash & Carry Germany experienced positive development. Christmas business gave sales a major push in December. The successful customer-focused initiative, which encompassed many marketing- and communication measures, made a very positive impression.

Moreover, sales in main countries such as Spain, Italy, Czech Republic and Romania developed positively.

In the corresponding quarter of the previous year, sales at METRO Cash & Carry in Russia benefited from pull-forward effects in the course of the rouble crisis. Sales declined based on this high benchmark from the previous year. All in all,METRO Cash & Carry in Russia was able to cement its position in a more difficult economic environment.

METRO Cash & Carry’s delivery business continued to perform extremely well, with the percentage share of sales rising further.

METRO Cash & Carry Q1 2014/15 Q1 2015/16
Sales (€ billion) 8.2 8.0
Change (€) -3.6% -2.4%
Change (in local currency) 1.1% -0.1%
Like-for-like 1.4% 0.2%



Like-for-like sales at Media-Saturn were up year on year in Q1 2015/16 by 0.4%. This marks the sixth consecutive quarter of rising sales. Sales in local currency grew by 1.1% while reported sales affected by the currency translation increased by 0.2% to €6.9 billion. Sales developed very positively in Germany.

In Western Europe, like-for-like sales performed well in several countries. In Eastern Europe, Russia had benefited from extensive pull-forward effects at the peak of the rouble crisis in December 2014, which is why sales in Russia declined considerably in the 2015 Christmas quarter. The good sales development in some other countries like Turkey, which recorded a double-digit like-for-like sales growth, and the robust performance in Germany could overcompensate the decrease in Russia.

Media-Saturn Q1 2014/15 Q1 2015/16
Sales (€ billion) 6.9 6.9
Change (€) 4.1% 0.2%
Change (in local currency) 5.6% 1.1%
Like-for-like 3.8% 0.4%



Like-for-like sales at Real declined by 1.6% in the Christmas quarter. Store closures meant that reported sales declined by 3.8% to €2.1 billion year on year.

Sales development remained relatively stable in the intensely competitive food retail sector against the backdrop of price deflation, while sales in the non-food sector declined. Thereby particularly goods which are weather driven suffered from the unusual warm winter. Online sales developed extremely positively, but this was only able to partly compensate for the overall sales decline.

“The right frameworks must be created to improve Real’s competitiveness. This includes competitive conditions for labour costs. Overall, the realignment of Real according to the Essen model remains on the right course and we are ready to implement further steps, if the frameworks are right”, said Koch.

Real Q1 2014/15 Q1 2015/16
Sales (in € bn.) 2.2 2.1
Change(€) -0.8% -3.8%
Like-for-like 0.9% -1.6%


METRO GROUP is one of the most important international retailing companies. It generated sales of some €59 billion in financial year 2014/15. The company operates at more than 2,000 locations in 30 countries and employs some 230,000 people. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands, which act independently on the market: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry, the international leader in the self-service wholesale trade; Media Markt and Saturn, the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing; and Real hypermarkets.

Contact Media Department

Telephone: +49 211 6886-4252
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Co-operative Clothing Takes To The Big European Stage

October 13, 2009 Co-operative Clothing will be taking its first steps into Europe next month, exhibiting an extensive range of its products at the A+A Exhibition 2009 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

A+A 2009 will be the biggest international event of the year for companies involved in safety, security and health at work, and will showcase products from all over the world such as corporate clothing.

Clothing Managing Director Designate for The Co-operative Group, Mark Wilkinson, will be taking both North and South of England Sales Executives Calvin Weightman and Sean Noon to showcase the variety of sectors for which The Co-operative Group’s clothing division manufactures.

Mark Wilkinson said: “A+A is Europe’s largest uniform exhibition and is our first serious foray into Europe. We expect both trade and end user contacts to visit, and we’ll be hoping to make use of sterling’s current weakness to underline the excellent value which our products offer.”

This year, A+A’s major topic for the first time is disaster control, a timely subject which is currently at the forefront of many people’s minds.

The programme at the A+A Congress has been extended to include a day-long “Disaster Control Forum” to be held on November 4. The talks and discussions here revolve around the general theme “Overcoming Disasters – A Challenge for the Population, the State and the Economy”.

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