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  1. July 17, 2014

    Carrefour sales rise despite China dip

    Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer by revenues, reported a near 5 per cent rise in sales for the second quarter,...

  2. July 11, 2014

    Letter from Lex: organisation and artistry

    Defining the right shape and structure for a company is more of an art than a science. If so, this week has seen plenty of...

  3. July 8, 2014

    Carrefour: au retour

    Pondicherry, Chandernagore, Karaikal, Mahé, Yanam. Despite centuries in the country, France’s Indian trade empire never...

  4. July 6, 2014

    Wheels coming off the supermarket trolley

    Steve Jones, transferring succulent Kentish cherries from a wooden crate into punnets at the Whitstable Produce Store, is an...

  5. July 6, 2014

    Supermarkets downsize for convenience

    As traditional supermarkets face increased competition from nimbler rivals, one response is for them to shrink the size of...

  6. July 1, 2014

    Klépierre sells five Swedish shopping centres in €354m deal

    Klépierre has sold five Swedish shopping centres to Olav Thon, Norway’s largest private property owner, for €354m as part of...

  7. April 10, 2014

    Carrefour hit by currency fluctuations

    Sales at Carrefour, the world’s second-largest retailer by revenue, were dragged down in the first quarter by weakness in...

  8. March 5, 2014

    Carrefour to spend more on store revamps and emerging market push

    Carrefour, the French retail group, said it would accelerate investment in France and key emerging markets as spending on...

  9. February 9, 2014

    Magnit keeps crown as Russia’s leading grocer

    Sergey Galitskiy gets indignant very quickly when asked about investors these days. “I don’t know what investors fantasise...

  10. January 16, 2014

    Carrefour / Ahold: still penny-pinching

    A serving of reality is always worth chewing on. And sales figures on Thursday from French hypermarket and supermarket group...

  11. January 16, 2014

    Carrefour says recovery plans ‘are starting to bear fruit’

    French retailer Carrefour said fourth-quarter sales in Spain returned to growth for the first time since the financial...

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    December 18, 2013

    MAF plans malls, ski slopes, for sub-Saharan Africa

    Majid Al Futtaim, the malls operator that brought an indoor ski slope to Dubai, is seeking to double revenues over the next...

  13. December 16, 2013

    Carrefour: back to the future

    We have come full circle. A decade ago French retailer Carrefour sold some European shopping malls to Klépierre, a property...

  14. December 16, 2013

    Carrefour to buy 127 shopping centres for €2bn

    Carrefour said it will pay €2bn to purchase 127 European shopping centre sites from Klépierre as the French supermarket...

  15. November 3, 2013

    Carrefour rights the boat everybody thought was going to sink

    It is a weekday morning on the outskirts of central Paris and Annick Goncina is browsing the cosmetics section of...

  16. October 17, 2013

    Carrefour and Metro report stronger domestic sales

    European retail groups Carrefour and Metro reported stronger sales in their home markets of France and Germany during the...

  17. October 6, 2013

    Kingfisher head foresees EM supermarket consolidation

    The architect of Carrefour’s global expansion predicts a period of “consolidation” for the European supermarkets that...

  18. October 2, 2013

    Tesco: not quite Carrefour

    With the nights drawing in and the temperature falling, Tesco shareholders did not exactly need more reasons for feeling...

  19. September 7, 2013

    Brazil tycoon closes lid on supermarket feud

    The Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz has stepped down from Pão de Açúcar, the country’s largest retailer, ending a bitter feud...

  20. September 5, 2013

    Georges Plassat clears remnants of Carrefour’s shrunken empire

    Aircraft carrier or headless chicken? Neither comparison flatters Carrefour. But each comes from a man in the know. Georges...

  21. August 29, 2013

    Carrefour’s strong earnings lift European stocks

    Equity markets were broadly higher on a big day for results in Europe, helped by a strong showing for the region’s biggest...

  22. August 29, 2013

    Carrefour stages recovery in France

    Carrefour showed a strong recovery in France as the world’s second-largest retailer by sales reported a surge in first-half...

  23. August 25, 2013

    Companies diary: August 26 – September 1

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  24. August 18, 2013

    Boom in plastic money as Nigeria spends, spends, spends

    In 2002, when Mitchell Elegbe was starting his technology business, there were few proper bank cards in Nigeria, ATMs were...

  25. August 11, 2013

    Hutchison: ParknShop around

    Pick an international supermarket chain or private equity group and scan the Hong Kong press. The chances are it will have...

  26. August 9, 2013

    Tesco in China: back to the drawing board

    Empires come and empires go. Tesco knows the feeling. The UK retailer has tried to leverage its century-old heritage to go...

  27. August 1, 2013

    Metro: no reason to cheer

    Hopes must be really battered if a deteriorating performance is something to celebrate. But such is the mood among investors...

  28. July 29, 2013

    Leadership lessons from the pontiff

    Roman Catholics call it “the Francis effect”, the way the new Pope is paring down the inherited pomp of his office to become...

  29. July 25, 2013

    Casino spurred by Latin America to beat forecasts

    Casino, the French retail group, beat analysts’ forecasts despite tough conditions in France, helped by a strong performance...

  30. July 18, 2013

    Carrefour hails domestic focus

    Carrefour said improved sales at its domestic hypermarkets and a turnround in China were “further encouraging signs” that...

  31. July 17, 2013

    Charterhouse faces fashion house debt woes

    One of the biggest French private equity deals of the last buyout bubble is in trouble after fashion retailer Vivarte...

  32. July 15, 2013

    Real estate deal lifts Commerzbank shares

    Commerzbank climbed after selling a portfolio of UK commercial real estate assets to US bank Wells Fargo and Lone Star, the...

  33. July 8, 2013

    Bangladesh factories face inspections after safety deal

    Bangladeshi factories making clothes for 70 mostly European multinationals will be inspected over the next nine months under...

  34. July 3, 2013

    Retail: A difficult brief

    Not long after Marc Bolland became chief executive of Marks and Spencer in May 2010, he likened the high-street retailer to...

  35. July 1, 2013

    Egypt: Increased food demand despite political turmoil benefits Wadi Foods

    Though Egypt’s economy has been badly damaged by continuing post-revolution turmoil, the food sector has bucked the trend...

  36. June 26, 2013

    Colruyt leads European retailers higher

    Colruyt , the Belgian supermarket retailer, was not short of support after better than expected results prompted favourable...

  37. June 24, 2013

    Surprise rights issue drags down Erste

    Erste Group Bank, the Austrian lender, led European equities lower after announcing an unexpected rights issue. The central...

  38. June 21, 2013

    Mix is changing across Tesco outlets

    Turning round Tesco is set to be a long haul. Britain’s biggest retailer has about 850 large stores in the UK and revamped...

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