South African retailer Metro Cash & Carry has reportedly indicated it may consider offers for its 61% stake in Australian grocery wholesaler Metcash Trading.

"We're not going to give it away cheaply...we're not going to go hocking it around the market. But if someone believed that they could add value and offered a good price, we're not going to close the door to it," a Metro spokesman was quoted by Dow Jones as saying.

According to an Australian media report, the comments come after Metro sold various assets in Africa to a management buyout consortium, Dow Jones News reported.