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Retail and self-service - innovation

14 Sep 2011

In the third part of just-food's briefing on self-service in retail, Glynn Davis looks at two of the key trends driving innovation in the sector - the need to cater for weekly shopping and the rise of mobile phone technology.

MIDDLE EAST: Casino to expand Geant banner in Middle East

7 Sep 2011

French retail giant Casino is looking to open over 30 Geant stores across the Middle East.

In the spotlight: Is Carrefour's latest game plan a winner?

2 Sep 2011

You can take your pick of French apothegms: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," or, more succinctly: "Déjà vu." Either way, industry analysts casting their critical eye over Carrefour's latest strategic revamp could be forgiven for thinking they've been here before, writes Richard Woodard.

FRANCE: Casino own-label chief Bizeul quits

30 Aug 2011

The head of Casino's private-label operations has left the French retailer, the company has confirmed.

BRAZIL: Wal-Mart quiet on Carrefour bid

12 Aug 2011

Wal-Mart Stores has continued to remain coy on reports that it is looking to expand its presence in Brazil through potentially acquiring Carrefour's operations in the country.

BRAZIL: Wal-Mart coy on Carrefour Brazil "takeover talks"

9 Aug 2011

Wal-Mart Stores has remained coy on reports that it is in talks to buy Carrefour's Brazilian unit.

RUSSIA: Former Tesco executive Martins to join X5

5 Aug 2011

Former Tesco and Casino executive Paul Martins is set to X5 Retail Group, Russia's largest retailer, as commercial director.

Focus: Clamour for health drives French chilled foods

4 Aug 2011

Chilled processed food was one of the best performers within the broader French packaged food market in both value and volume terms in 2010. Sales were underpinned by strong demand for natural products beneficial to health and wellbeing, combined with increased innovation and consumers eating in more regularly. Euromonitor International's Anastasia Alieva looks at how the channel grew over the last year.

FRANCE: International shines in Casino's mixed H1 results

29 Jul 2011

A jump in profits from Casino's international operations has stood out in a mixed set of results from the French retailer, which saw one-off costs hit its bottom line.

BRAZIL: CBD Q2 profits boosted by Easter sales

26 Jul 2011

Brazil's largest retailer CBD has seen second-quarter profits jump as the company's sales were boosted by Easter spending.

Best bits: Brasil Foods and Premier look to the future

18 Jul 2011

The largest food manufacturers in Brazil and the UK can look ahead with more certainty than they could a week ago, Dean Best writes, but doubts still hang over the future of Latin American country's biggest retailer.

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

15 Jul 2011

Premier Foods' appointment of Kraft's Mike Clarke as its new CEO this week was a surprise move but one welcomed by the market. Investors in Brasil Foods were also cheered by the news that the 2009 merger that created the company was cleared by Brazil's competition watchdog. However, a plan to combine Brazil's largest retailer, CBD, with Carrefour's local operations was halted amid continued opposition from Casino, which prompted the country's national development bank to pull planned funding for the deal. Click on the headlines for more.

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

15 Jul 2011

In an eventful week, the plan to merge Brazil's largest retailer with Carrefour's local operations was called off, new CEOs were appointed at Premier Foods plc and Fonterra and Greencore made an offer to buy UK private-label firm Uniq. Click on the links for more coverage of the stories.

BRAZIL: Diniz halts CBD-Carrefour merger plan

13 Jul 2011

Abilio Diniz, the Brazilian tycoon and chairman of CBD, the country's largest retailer, has put plans to merge the business with Carrefour's local operations on hold.

FRANCE: Carrefour issues H1 profit warning

13 Jul 2011

Carrefour has warned that its first-half operating profit is expected to have slumped by 23% due to problems in the French retailer's domestic market.

FRANCE: Casino repeats opposition to "flawed" CBD merger plan

12 Jul 2011

Casino's board of directors today (12 July) hit out at the "flawed" plan to merge Brazilian retailer CBD with Carrefour's local operations.

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

8 Jul 2011

This week, it was revealed that Nestle is in talks with Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi, while on the retail front, South Africa's Pick n Pay revealed plans to make more than 3,000 people redundant. The fight over control of Brazilian retailer CBD continued with Casino, Carrefour and the Diniz Group all trading barbs. Here's the best of what was said this week:

UPDATE: FRANCE: Casino hits back at Carrefour's CBD claims

5 Jul 2011

Casino has taken a swipe at Carrefour in the ongoing dispute over the future of Brazilian retailer CBD and insisted its French rival had acted in a "hostile" manner.

FRANCE: We are not hostile, Carrefour tells Casino

5 Jul 2011

Carrefour today (5 July) insisted it had "no hostile intentions" towards its French rival Casino, which is battling the world's second-largest grocer for control of Brazil's largest retailer.

UPDATE: FRANCE: You need our support, Casino warns Carrefour

4 Jul 2011

Casino today (4 July) insisted that a plan to merge Brazil's largest retailer CBD with Carrefour's local operations needed its support to go through.

FRANCE: Carrefour board approves CBD merger offer

4 Jul 2011

Carrefour's board of directors has backed a plan to merge its operations in Brazil with the country's largest retailer CBD.

Best bits: Casino and Carrefour do battle over Brazil

4 Jul 2011

In a story that has had more twists and turns than the samba, the battle for Brazil's largest retailer CBD has pit two of Europe's largest grocers against each other.

BRAZIL: Diniz asks Casino to study Carrefour merger plan

1 Jul 2011

Brazilian businessman Abilio Diniz has asked Casino, his co-shareholder in the country's largest retailer CBD, to examine the proposal to merge the business with the local operations of Carrefour.

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

1 Jul 2011

The battle for control of Brazil's largest retailer CBD has dominated our retail coverage this week. However, Premier Foods plc's dispute over price with one of the UK's largest grocers, believed to be Tesco, also grabbed our UK headlines - which also featured chocolate maker and retailer Thorntons and its decision to close half its stores.

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

1 Jul 2011

Casino's anger towards the Diniz Group intensified this week as it became clear that its fellow shareholder in CBD had been in talks to merge the Brazilian retailer with the local operations of Carrefour. Meanwhile, Thorntons announced plans to slash its store estate and Premier Foods plc surprised analysts with an unexpected profit warning.

FRANCE: Casino again ups stake in Brazilian retailer CBD

30 Jun 2011

Casino has again upped its stake CBD in a further twist in the battle for control of the Brazilian retailer.

COLOMBIA/URUGUAY: Casino looks to boost Exito's regional profile

30 Jun 2011

Casino has outlined plans to make Colombian retailer Exito, in which the French firm, holds a majority stake, a regional player in South America.

FRANCE/BRAZIL: Casino CEO Naouri demands talks with Diniz

29 Jun 2011

The chief executive of Casino has called for a meeting with its fellow shareholder in CBD to discuss the controversial plan to merge the Brazilian retailer with Carrefour's local unit.

UPDATE: BRAZIL: Casino labels plan to merge CBD, Carrefour unit "illegal"

28 Jun 2011

French retailer Casino has said that it will oppose any potential deal between rival hypermarket chain Carrefour and CBD, branding the merger offer as illegal and hostile.

FRANCE/BRAZIL: Carrefour receives CBD merger offer

28 Jun 2011

Carrefour has received an offer to join forces with Brazilian retailer CBD in a move that would create the country's largest retailer.

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