Spar has launched a new shop concept called Spar Express on six forecourts in

Austria. The move followed research by USP Market Intelligence which showed that 57% of people in the country aged 18-34 visited forecourts solely for food shopping.

The Spar Express forecourt shops in Salzburg, Linz and Graz are open seven days a week and are said to offer fresh food at supermarket prices.

Dr Gerhard Drexel, CEO of Spar Austria, said that 40% of products selling in stores were own label, which was remarkably higher than in other Spar stores.