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  1. August 7, 2014

    German retailer Metro sells Vietnam arm for €655m

    Metro is selling its Vietnam cash-and-carry operations for €655m as the German retailer seeks to focus more on core areas...

  2. July 31, 2014

    Metro reports slump in sales outside Germany

    Metro reported a slump in sales in all markets except Germany between April and June, as currency effects and conditions in...

  3. FT Alphaville

    June 13, 2014

    This is nuts. When's the crash? [Update]

    So you like the idea of a buy-to-let property empire but don’t have the cash, time, or expertise? Fear not, because with the...

  4. June 11, 2014

    Rousseff relegates Brazil World Cup pessimists

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff launched an impassioned plea on television and radio on Tuesday night for a sceptical...

  5. FT Alphaville

    May 12, 2014

    Guest post: When float is bad in Portugal but good in Omaha

    Professor Pablo Triana of the ESADE Business School is a derivatives expert whose work we have featured extensively in this...

  6. May 8, 2014

    Metro sales fall across all markets as it warns of Russia risk

    Metro reported a slump in sales across all its markets in the first quarter of the year as the German retail group warned...

  7. April 9, 2014

    Founder of Metro Bank to go digital

    The former chairman of Metro Bank, who for years championed physical bank branches, has made a dramatic change of direction...

  8. March 19, 2014

    A dirty pretty city takes on Beijing

    Paris in the spring was not meant to be like this. For several days last week a nasty brownish haze hung over the city as...

  9. March 10, 2014

    Supermarket operators rethinking their property portfolios

    When Loblaw, the Canadian supermarket chain, spun off its property assets into a separate company last July, it underlined...

  10. March 3, 2014

    Ukraine crisis: Doubts cast over Metro’s Russia IPO

    The future of a €1.75bn partial listing in Russia by Metro, the German retailer, has been thrown into question amid heavy...

  11. March 3, 2014

    Crimea crisis stalls London invasion by Russian companies

    The Russian invasion of Crimea has stalled a friendlier invasion of London by Russian companies. Vladimir Putin’s seizure of...

  12. February 27, 2014

    Lenta raises $950m despite Ukraine turmoil

    Lenta, the Russian hypermarket chain part-owned by private equity group TPG, has raised $950m in a flotation hit by the...

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    February 13, 2014

    London morning coffee

    ** FT NEWS ** India’s tax laws are deterring investors | Foreign companies are becoming alarmed by the unpredictable and...

  14. February 12, 2014

    Russia’s IPO market reveals hints of a pick-up

    In Russian business, even three swallows do not necessarily make a summer. But announcements this year by two retailers –...

  15. November 20, 2013

    Metro: Russian away

    Parting, as Shakespeare’s Juliet says, is such sweet sorrow. Metro shareholders may be feeling the same if the German...

  16. 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...

  17. August 1, 2013

    SocGen tops Eurofirst climbers on strong trading

    Société Générale topped pan-European indices after its second-quarter net profit more than doubled from a year ago thanks to...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. May 24, 2013

    European lenders unloved amid growth fears

    European markets reversed much of their May gains this week as investors sold out of equities amid global growth concerns....

  21. May 22, 2013

    Metro rises after broker gets positive

    Metro was in high demand after the German retailer received a vote of confidence from Morgan Stanley analysts for the first...

  22. May 2, 2013

    Metro stores improve in first quarter

    Metro gave hints of a possible turnround with an unexpected first-quarter operating profit, after better results in the...

  23. April 10, 2013

    Uniqlo picks Shanghai for biggest store

    Uniqlo has chosen China, site of recent demonstrations against its home country Japan, to open its largest store later this...

  24. April 4, 2013

    Booker set to clear final Makro hurdle

    Booker is expected to get regulatory clearance to acquire Makro UK, the British cash-and-carry business of German group...

  25. March 20, 2013

    Metro: long chopping list

    Can Olaf Koch do a Georges Plassat? Carrefour shares were performing dismally until Mr Plassat became chief executive of the...

  26. March 20, 2013

    Metro warns on cash-and-carry profit fall

    Metro warned of lower operating earnings this year for its main cash and carry business and told investors it expected no...

  27. March 18, 2013

    Frans Muller leaves German retailer Metro

    A board shake-up at Metro has sparked the departure of one of its longest-serving executives, leaving the struggling German...

  28. March 7, 2013

    European companies cut dividends sharply

    Dividends paid by European companies have fallen for the first time in three years as economic uncertainty and a challenging...

  29. March 4, 2013

    Ireland’s Elan boosted by dividend promise

    Elan rallied after the Irish biotechnology group countered an approach from Royalty Pharma with the pledge of a “unique”...

  30. March 1, 2013

    Metro forced to cut dividend

    Metro is cutting its dividend in a further sign of the torrid year endured by Germany’s largest retailer by sales, which...

  31. February 18, 2013

    Otto Beisheim, retail pioneer

    Co-founder of Metro, 1924-2013 Otto Beisheim, the co-founder of Metro, Germany’s largest retailer by sales, has died at the...

  32. February 14, 2013

    Horsemeat scandal prompts EU health tests

    The EU plans to conduct 6,500 health tests as authorities try to reassure consumers about food safety and uncover the roots...

  33. January 28, 2013

    Metro raises Media-Saturn stake to 78%

    Metro is to increase its majority stake in Media-Saturn by buying almost 3 per cent from a founder of the electronics...

  34. January 16, 2013

    Europe’s retailers going home

    Like sunburned tourists grumbling that the local food’s not quite right, Europe’s retailers are drifting home from their...

  35. January 10, 2013

    Media Markt set to quit China

    Metro is set to withdraw its Media Markt electronics stores from China in the latest reverse for foreign retailers and...

  36. January 8, 2013

    Novo Nordisk rises amid Denmark high

    Denmark’s index of leading blue-chip companies reached an all-time high on Tuesday. Copenhagen’s OMX 20 climbed 0.8 per cent...

  37. November 29, 2012

    Metro to offload stores in eastern Europe

    Metro is expected soon to announce a deal to sell hypermarkets in eastern Europe to Auchan of France for about €1bn, marking...

  38. October 30, 2012

    Metro warns spending crisis will continue

    Metro said there was no end in sight to the crisis of confidence affecting consumer spending as it announced a drop in...

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