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RUSSIA: Kesko keen on Carrefour's Russian business

27 Oct 2009

Finnish retail group Kesko hopes to acquire Carrefour's Russian hypermarkets, according to Kesko chief financial officer Aria Talma.

FRANCE/HK: Auchan plans merger with Rt-Mart - report

20 Oct 2009

French retail group Auchan is to merge with Rt-Mart, the supermarket retail investment of Hong Kong-based Ruentex Group, according to reports.

High-risk Russian retail remains promising prize

19 Oct 2009

The surprise announcement that French retail giant Carrefour will exit Russia throws into sharp relief the number of challenges facing retailers in the market. While growing disposable local income had fostered the development of modern retailing, the dramatic impact of the economic downturn has put the spending power of Russian consumers under pressure. Retailers operating in the market have come in for a bumpy landing. Nevertheless, Russia still offers the greatest long-term growth prospects in Europe. Katy Humphries reports.

SPAIN/FRANCE: Auchan to stop endangered shark sales

8 Oct 2009

Spanish hypermarket chain Alcampo has stopped selling endangered sharks as part of the efforts of Groupe Auchan, its French parent, to promote sustainable fishing.

UAE: Auchan dips toe in Middle East

2 Oct 2009

Retail group Auchan has taken its primary steps into the Middle East with the opening of its first store in Dubai.

Chinese retail ripe for consolidation

22 Sep 2009

Slowing economic growth and rising unemployment in China may have had slowed growth from the country's retail sector but, as Dominique Patton reports from Beijing, the challenging trading conditions have thrown fresh opportunities for larger retailers to expand - through consolidation.

RUSSIA: Auchan to launch discount chain in Russia

15 Sep 2009

French retail group Auchan is launching a hard discount retail chain in Russia under the Raduga banner, the company has confirmed.

Top stories on just-food this week

4 Sep 2009

Keen watchers of the US meat sector should not count their chickens just yet but the mounting speculation that Brazilian giant JBS is set to bid for ailing poultry group Pilgrim's Pride has proved this week's top story on just-food. The news that Auchan and Tesco could be ready to make a move for Ukraine retailer O'Key has also set tongues wagging, while retail eyes have also been watching the tussle over UK group Nisa-Today's. The start of Sodiaal's exclusive talks to buy ailing French dairy firm Entremont Alliance also helped give this week's leading stories on the site an M&A flavour.

UKRAINE: Auchan, Tesco seen bidding for O'Key

3 Sep 2009

French retailer Auchan and Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, are among the potential bidders for Ukrainian hypermarket group O'Key, just-food understands.

FRANCE: Ukraine charges hit Auchan H1 profits

1 Sep 2009

French retail giant Auchan has booked an 18% fall in half-year profits on the back of costs linked to its hypermarket business in Ukraine.

COMMENT: Russia's food retailers playing for high stakes

14 Jul 2009

Russia's food retail landscape is in a state of a flux - and the country's leading grocers are jostling for position. In recent days, there have been a raft of buoyant sales figures despite the impact the downturn has had on consumer spending. However, weak financial markets have hurt a number of smaller players and promises to herald a period of consolidation in Russia - involving both domestic and foreign heavyweights. Dean Best reports.

RUSSIA: Dixy sees foreign invasion ahead

8 May 2009

The Russian food retail sector will see a "dramatic" increase in foreign investment within three years, the World Retail Congress was told today (8 May).

Top stories on just-food this week

27 Mar 2009

News that ConAgra Foods, General Mills and PepsiCo topped a US innovation poll caught your attention last week, when market researchers IRI released its latest New Product Pacesetters report.

FRANCE: Auchan sees sales earnings growth

23 Mar 2009

French retailer Auchan today (23 March) posted rising full-year earnings, driven by the company’s “brisk” pace of expansion, particularly in China and Eastern Europe, and better sales at its hypermarket business.

IFE: Exhibitor news - French, Swiss promo push

10 Mar 2009

French and Swiss food makers are set to be among those looking to beef up their presence in the UK at next week's IFE exhibition in London's Docklands.

ROMANIA: Unilever eyes expansion in ice cream

25 Feb 2009

Consumer goods giant Unilever is planning to expand in the Romanian ice cream market, with the launch of its ice cream brands and the acquisition of a local ice cream business.

FRANCE: Auchan to adopt ‘Simply Market’ name

26 Jan 2009

French retailer Auchan today (26 January) unveiled plans to rebrand its supermarkets, adopting a single, 'Simply Market' banner in four markets by the end of this year.

ROMANIA: Auchan acquires remaining MGV stake

20 Jan 2009

French retailer Auchan has acquired the remaining stake in MGV Distri-Hiper, a Romanian-based retail group.

UK: "Tough year ahead" for Euro retailers - study

13 Jan 2009

Grocery prices are expected to ease this year as the threat of the discounter and falling oil and raw material prices looms.

Retailers set to prosper as Russian packaged food market grows

11 Sep 2008

The news that Carrefour may soon be joining the growing ranks of international retailers in Russia will have come as little surprise to observers of a rapidly-developing retail market. According to a just-food report, packaged food growth in Russia has outstripped that in any of the other BRICM markets over the past five years, while the food retailing landscape continues along a path of dramatic transformation. Ben Cooper reports.

FRANCE: Auchan sets sights on international growth

1 Sep 2008

French retailer Auchan has said that it was able to grow sales during the first of the year despite an “unfavourable climate” in mature markets by maintaining its focus on international expansion.

RUSSIA: International retailers lock horns over Lenta

8 Aug 2008

Retail giants Wal-Mart and Carrefour are among the international retailers competing to acquire Russia’s hypermarket chain Lenta.

SPAIN: Auchan's Sabeco buys Galerias Primero

22 Jul 2008

Spanish supermarket chain Sabeco, a subsidiary of French retail giant Auchan, has snapped up local rival Galerias Primero.

FRANCE: Auchan signs Gulf joint venture deal

8 Jul 2008

Retail group Auchan and Dubai real estate developers Nakheel have signed an agreement to create a joint venture.

CHINA: Chinese market presents challenges, opportunities

26 Jun 2008

The Chinese retail market will sustain double-digit growth in the next five years to become the second-largest retail market in the world by 2012, TNS Retail Forward has predicted.

RUSSIA: Auchan silent on growth in Siberia

10 Jun 2008

Auchan has remained silent on reports that it is aiming to expand its presence in Siberia through the acquisition of a local player.

RUSSIA: Auchan defends land claim

16 May 2008

French retailer Auchan is defending its ownership of land housing one of its Russian retail complexes after local authorities claimed it belonged to the Institute of Agricultural Sciences.

Russian question focusing minds of retail giants

16 Apr 2008

Wal-Mart's move this week to appoint a top Rewe executive to study how to break into Russia has again raised the question of when the US giant - as well as Carrefour and Tesco - will enter the fast-growing market. Dean Best reports.

FRANCE: Auchan posts 5.8% sales rise in 2007

10 Apr 2008

French supermarket group Auchan has posted a 5.8% increase in sales (excl. VAT) for 2007 to EUR36.7bn, with like-for-like growth at constant exchange rates of 2.8%.

Top stories on just-food this week

28 Mar 2008

In the last five days, Italian buffalo mozzarella has become the talking point in European food circles with concerns over its safety. Elsewhere, French retailers Leclerc and Intermarché quit as associate members of the country's grocery trade association, while European food group Uniq tried to conquer the doubters with its annual results. In the US, ConAgra Foodssold its commodity arm for US$2.1bn, while a retail row is brewing down in Australia. Here are the most popular stories on just-food this week.






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