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Sales at AuchanFRANCE: E Europe, Asia offset domestic challenges for Auchan

10 March 2014

Auchan, the French retail giant, has reported higher annual sales and earnings for 2013 but saw domestic sales fall.

CHINA: Profits jump at Sun Art Retail

3 March 2014

Sun Art Retail Group, the Chinese retailer, saw its profits climb more than 15% in 2013 as new stores boosted sales and the company's buying negotiations helped margins.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

10 February 2014

Sales growth at Hain Celestial fell slightly short of expectations, prompting the question of whether the natural and organic group is trying to run before it can walk. Elsewhere analysts picked up on Wal-Mart's failure to impress with its quarterly figures. Kellogg results also fell short and CEO John Bryant insisted the initial start-up costs of Project K will pay off in the long term.

FRANCE: Auchan to shed 300 jobs in staffing revamp

3 February 2014

Auchan has confirmed it will cut 300 jobs at its hypermarkets in France by 2017 as part of moves to shake up the way it staffs its stores.

REUNION: Auchan agrees deal for eight-store opening

30 January 2014

Auchan has signed an agreement with two local businesses to open eight stores on Reunion Island off east Africa.

BELARUS: Auchan plays down market entry talk

28 January 2014

French retailer Auchan has sought to play down speculation it is to open its first hypermarket in Belarus in 2015.

POLAND: Auchan ordered to sell batch of Polish real stores

22 January 2014

Poland's competition watchdog has ordered Auchan to sell a clutch of Real hypermarkets in the country as part of its approval for the French retail giant's acquisition of the business from Metro Group.

China briefing: Retailers look to China for growth opportunities

29 November 2013

China's grocery market has been growing at a rapid pace for several years. Representing one fifth of the world's population, this emerging market has become a significant opportunity for foreign investors seeking overseas growth. Michelle Russell reports.

RUSSIA: Auchan outlines expansion plans for 2014

19 November 2013

Auchan has outlined plans to open ten to 14 stores in Russia in 2014 across its three different formats.

India briefing: FDI promise remains for reluctant investors

31 October 2013

In September last year, India's government relaxed regulations allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. One year on and the reaction from international investors has been lukewarm. Michelle Russell takes a look at why international grocery retailers have not yet taken advantage of the new rules and whether this is likely to change in the foreseeable future.

ROMANIA: Auchan looks to "double" Romania sales

17 October 2013

French retail giant Auchan is understood to be anticipating a doubling of sales in Romania between 2012 and 2015 following the opening of its first rebranded Real store.

FMCG in Russia: Domestic, international grocers battle it out in Russia

30 September 2013

Russia has been described as one of the most dynamically developing retail markets in the world. The advent of the recession, however, resulted in a slowdown in growth that Russia has not yet fully recovered from. While it is debatable whether Russia will fully re-establish the pace of growth it enjoyed before the credit crisis, the market is seen as an attractive one for FMCG companies.

TURKEY: Metro silent over Real sale talks with Begendik

2 September 2013

Metro Group has remained tight-lipped over reports it has held discussions to sell its Real operations in Turkey to local retailer Begendik.

FRANCE: One-off gains boost Auchan H1

30 August 2013

French retail giant Auchan saw its earnings climb in the first half of the year boosted by a one-off gain and continued growth in Asia and central and eastern Europe.

CHINA: Sun Art Retail H1 earnings climb

16 August 2013

Chinese retailer Sun Art Retail Group has booked an increase in first-half profit and said it will continue its store expansion in the back half of the year.

Comment: French retailers battle over convenience, online

29 May 2013

The French food retail sector is notoriously competitive and hard to operate in. As the country's retail giants slug it out for a higher share of a relatively stagnant market, the battle is raging on all fronts. With low overall growth, retailers are zoning in on the areas of greatest potential: online and convenience.

CHINA: Sun Art Retail Q1 profit up

16 May 2013

Chinese hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, the local venture of French retailer Auchan, has booked a jump in first-quarter earnings.

In the spotlight: Carrefour ups heat with price cuts

23 April 2013

Competition in the French retail scene could be about to heat up, with market leader Carrefour reporting an improvement in its domestic operations. Carrefour says it has been encouraged by the results of its pricing initiative and, if the world's second largest retailer really has pulled its socks up at home, life could become tougher for its competitors.

FRANCE: Lindt launches chocolate fondue

23 April 2013

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli has launched a fondue product in France.

FRANCE: Auchan profit slides, warns of "tough" year ahead

19 March 2013

French retail giant Auchan has recorded a drop in full-year profit due to one-off items as well as unfavourable comparisons and warned 2013 will be another "difficult" year.

BRICs and beyond: Dixy takes prudent approach to ambitious expansion

18 March 2013

Dixy significantly beefed up its presence in Russia's food retail sector when it acquired local peer Victoria Group two years ago. While the company still has its foot on the throttle, with some ambitious plans to expand over the next three years, Dixy's attention has now turned to a lower-capital intensive organic growth phase. Katy Askew spoke to Dixy's head of investor relations Natalya Belyavskaya to find out more.

CHINA: Sun Art Retail profits grow in 2012

18 March 2013

Chinese hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, the local venture of French retailer Auchan, has recorded an increase in profits for its full-year.

Talking shop: Plassat aware more work ahead at Carrefour

8 March 2013

Carrefour's 2012 results offer signs of encouragement for the world's second-largest retailer. However, some analysts insisted much more work is needed. That is true but Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat recognises the challenges that still lie ahead.

HORSEMEAT: Auchan finds horsemeat in meatballs, burgers in Portugal

7 March 2013

French supermarket retailer Auchan has confirmed that horse DNA has been detected in its own label meatballs and hamburgers sold in Portugal by the group's local subsidiary.

Talking shop: Online opportunity in China, Thailand

5 March 2013

Online grocery retailing in China and Thailand promises great opportunities for international supermarket groups to crack these two diverse, challenging and potentially lucrative Asian markets. Andrew Don reports.

FRANCE: French retailers pull products amid horse meat fears

11 February 2013

Six of France's largest retail chains have pulled products from their shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.

FRANCE: Auchan readies launch of fresh banner

9 January 2013

French retail giant Auchan is to launch a banner in its domestic market dedicated to the sale of fresh produce.

The just-food review of 2012: International food retail highs and lows

18 December 2012

Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

10 December 2012

The week's two major stories broke within hours of each other on Wednesday - Tesco admitted it was "likely" to leave the US and Germany's Intersnack snapped up United Biscuits' salty snacks business. Elsewhere, ex-Tesco CEO Terry Leahy led a private-equity buy-out of UK discounter B&M Retail and Canada's Saputo agreed to buy Dean Foods' Morningstar arm. Meanwhile, Singapore agribusiness giant Olam International found its finances under scrutiny and we interviewed the head of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa.

Talking shop: Auchan takes on Metro's Real eastern Europe division

6 December 2012

Under-pressure German retail giant Metro Group has sold off another tranche of stores, with French peer Auchan taking on the bulk of its Real hypermarkets outside Germany. Michelle Russell looks at why Metro has offloaded the stores and why Auchan has added more hypermarkets - a format under scrutiny - to its network.

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