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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 Apr 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 Apr 2013

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

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

19 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Mar 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 Feb 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 Jan 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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.

TURKEY: Makro Market buys stake in Uyum Foods

4 Dec 2012

Dutch supermarket operator Makro Market has acquired a stake in Turkey retailer Uyum Foods.

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

3 Dec 2012

ConAgra Foods' deal to buy US private-label group Ralcorp Holdings last week added some spice to a pedestrian year for M&A. Staying with acquisitions in the US, Hostess Brands said it had received more than 100 bids for its assets. In Europe, Dutch retailer Ahold said it would up its cost cuts, with a focus on sourcing and promos. And in the UK, leading grocers signed up to a new code of special offers.

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

3 Dec 2012

Last week, just-food spoke with ConAgra's president of sales Doug Knudsen in the wake of the company's deal to acquire Ralcorp. Other deals this week have included the purchase of Metro Group's eastern European operations by Auchan, while Ahold outlined progress on its "six strategic pillars" strategy at its Capital Markets day in the US.

GERMANY: Auchan buys Metro's Real eastern Europe unit

30 Nov 2012

German retail giant Metro Group has sold its Real grocery chain in eastern Europe to French retailer Auchan for EUR1.1bn (US$1.4bn).

GERMANY: Metro silent over Auchan talks for Real deal

29 Nov 2012

German retailer Metro Group has remained silent over reports it is closer to striking a deal to sell its Real grocery chain in eastern Europe to French retailer Auchan.

GERMANY: Haniel to reduce stake in Metro Group

28 Nov 2012

Germany investment company Franz Haniel & Cie has said it will reduce its stake in retail giant Metro Group in a bid to reduce debt.

GERMANY: Metro tight-lipped over Real eastern European sale talks

26 Nov 2012

German retail giant Metro Group has declined to comment on reports it is in talks with several potential buyers for its Real stores in eastern Europe.

RUSSIA: Moloko to begin Russia's first organic milk production

9 Nov 2012

Multinational dairy company Moloko Holdings is to start production and distribution of Russia's first organic milk in the Ulyanovsk province.

TUNISIA: Auchan secures stake in Société Magasin Général

7 Nov 2012

French retail giant Auchan has entered the Tunisian market with the acquisition of a 10% stake in local retailer Société Magasin Général (SMG).

Best bits: Carrefour, Premier Foods CEOs press on - but questions remain

5 Nov 2012

The work the chief executives of Carrefour and Premier Foods - two companies with a lot on their plates - has been welcomed by industry watchers but, writes Dean Best, there are questions hanging over both companies, which had lost their way in recent years.

GERMANY/RUSSIA: Metro "unchanged" on Real despite takeover talk

26 Oct 2012

Metro Group has said the company's view on its Real hypermarket chain is "unchanged" despite reports linking three rivals to its stores in Russia.

CHINA: Wal-Mart slows pace of Chinese store openings

26 Oct 2012

US retail giant Wal-Mart plans to open 100 new stores in locations throughout China over the next three years, slowing its pace of growth in the market.

FRANCE: Retail giant Auchan books mixed H1 results

30 Aug 2012

French retailer Auchan has booked a drop in first-half profits and warned the outlook for the rest of the year "remains worrying".

CHINA: Retailer Lianhua H1 earnings fall

29 Aug 2012

Chinese retailer Lianhua Supermarket Holdings has reported lower half-year profits amid a drop in same-store sales.

CHINA: Retailer Sun Art posts H1 profit leap

28 Aug 2012

Chinese hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, the local venture of French retailer Auchan, has booked a jump in half-year profits.

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

20 Aug 2012

French retailer Auchan this week became the latest multinational player to announce investment in India. The market, meanwhile, can prove a challenge and Hershey's local partner has admitted the future of their venture is uncertain. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart, which this week reported higher quarterly sales, faced more claims of financial impropriety in Mexico. And two bread manufacturers, Australia's Goodman Fielder and US firm Flowers Foods, spoke of the challenging nature of the sector.






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