Spar International has reported a 2.8% increase in worldwide retail sales to €32bn in 2012.
Spar now has retail operations in 34 countries and its global partnership encompasses 12,322 stores. Spar will have retail operations in 36 countries when the first Spar supermarkets open in Qatar and Lebanon later this year.
Speaking at the 58th International Spar Congress in Killarney, Ireland, on 21 May 2013, Spar International managing director, Gordon Campbell said Spar worldwide celebrated the 80th anniversary since its foundation in the Netherlands in 1932 with another year of continued growth – a good result in the context of continued financial crisis in many Spar countries.
Key highlights in 2012 were:
- Spar China and Spar Russia both broke through the €1bn sales barrier
- Austria is by far the largest Spar country with retail sales of €5.6bn
- South Africa is the second largest Spar country by turnover with sales in 2012 of €4.6bn
- Italy is third with €3.6bn and then the UK with €3.2bn
- The remainder of the top 12 Spar countries have retail sales in the region of €1bn to €1.5bn. They include Norway with €1.6bn, Hungary with €1.5bn and France with €983m
- Both China and Russia entered the top 12 Spar countries in 8th and 9th position respectively
- In 2012, Spar Austria retail sales of €5.560 billion were up 3.2%. It opened three new hypermarkets and upgraded and extended 100 stores and now operates 67 Spar Express stores
- Spar South Africa remained the second largest Spar country. Its retail sales in Rands were 51bn, an increase of 10.6%
- Spar Norway sales were up 9.0% to €1.6bn giving the highest like-for-like sales growth in the NorgesGruppen
- Spar Spain retail sales of €1.3bn were up 8.3% with 170 new stores in Murcia and Catalonia
- Spar Poland opened its 100th store in the autumn and will open its 115th store before the end of the year
Introducing a new Spar International strategy Growing our Future Together, Campbell told Congress delegates international expansion has been a strategic goal of Spar International since its establishment in 1953.
“We seek to work with local partners who have the vision and capability of providing modern food retailing in their local market and who subscribe to the Spar retailing principles,” he said.
Spar International said will continue to work in developing markets with a key focus on Russia, China and the Middle East to expand the partner network. In each market, Spar International promotes a multi-format retail strategy of hypermarket, supermarket, neighbourhood store and convenience stores.