These are the most important events from romanian grocery retail, in may 2015:
Romania’s retail volume increased by 8.1% in April compared to the same period in 2014, the most significant advance registered in the European Union, according to data presented by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat).
PROFI supermarket retailer reached 300 stores in Romania and even exceeded that figure at the end of May, after 26 stores opened in this month. PROFI is the second large retailer from Romania, after Mega Image, in term of number of stores. Objective PROFI: 600 stores by the end of next year.
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The retailer Cora Romania, part of the French-Belgian group Louis Delhaize, was forced to close the first hipermarlet in Romania – Cora Arad hypermarket – located in the shopping center Galleria Shopping Center in Arad, owned by GTC Romania.
Marks & Spencer (M & S), one of the leading retailers in the UK, officially announced the introduction of the first on the market in Romania, M & S Food Division.
Several retails, like Auchan and Carrefour, frozen the prices for all foods which are subject by the VAT reduction to 9% and Profi has already reduced VAT on a wide range of products. Mega Image and BILLA also anounced that has not applied any price increase in anticipation of the new VAT rate. More than that, Auchan offered in advance of the VAT reduction over 1,000 own brand food products.
However, the Competition Council monitored during this period, nationwide, around 600 stores to follow the evolution of prices of main food categories in order to reduce VAT on food.
Carrefour opened, in may, the 10th hypermarket in Bucharest and the 28th in the country, in the newest shopping center developed by NEPI, Mega Mall. Carrefour reached also, in this month, 96 Market stores, in Romania, his supermarket format.
Another store for german discounter Lidl, the 186 th store in Romania, was opened near Bucharest, in Otopeni, the city with the biggest airport from Romania.
Since 1 June 2015, the hypermarket customers from cora Alexandria, in Bucharest, can settle their purchases at the cash register directly from their smartphone by mobilPay Wallet application.
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