French retail giant Carrefour has posted 2002 net profit before exceptional items up 15.1% year-on-year to €1.38bn (US$1.51bn), narrowly beating analysts' average forecasts. The group said sales before taxes were down to €63.73bn from €69.49bn a year earlier. Carrefour said it remained cautious on the economic outlook for 2003, but said it would open 830 new stores in the year, bringing its total number of outlets to more than 10,000.