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FRANCE/BRAZIL: Court confirms evidence of Carrefour-Diniz "CBD merger talks"

28 Jun 2011

A French court has concluded that raids on Carrefour's headquarters earlier this month did yield evidence of talks between the retailer and the Diniz Group over the future of Brazil's CBD.

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

24 Jun 2011

This week Whole Foods outlined its ambitions for some 1,000 stores in the US, while ConAgra kept its sights firmly on acquiring Ralcorp. just-food spoke to Tyrrells new international marketing manager about the company's "entertaining" crisp and Asda remained nonchalant following the departure of its COO. Here is the best of what was said this week.

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

24 Jun 2011

Fonterra confirmed plans this week that it is in talks over a joint venture in cheese and whey production in Europe. Meanwhile, ConAgra has affirmed that its sights are still firmly set on acquiring Ralcorp. Wal-Mart has continued to see its top executives leave, with the third executive leaving its Chinese unit, while its UK division, Asda, lost its COO Simon King. Click on the headlines for more.

FRANCE/BRAZIL: Carrefour HQ raided over "CBD merger talks"

20 Jun 2011

Bailiffs and IT experts are said to have raided Carrefour's headquarters on two occasions in search of documents establishing that it was in talks to merge its Brazilian unit with local retailer CBD.

BRAZIL: Casino increases CBD stake

16 Jun 2011

French retailer Casino has said today (16 June) that it has increased its stake in Brazilian retailer CBD to 37%.

BRAZIL: Casino files for arbitration against CBD co-owner

31 May 2011

French grocer Casino has made a request for arbitration with its fellow shareholder in Brazilian retailer CBD.

BRAZIL: CBD denies Carrefour merger speculation

26 May 2011

Brazilian retailer CBD has denied speculation that it is in negotiations with Carrefour to merge their operations in the Latin American country.

BRAZIL: Carrefour, CBD link-up "unlikely" - analyst

23 May 2011

Reports of a possible merger between the Brazilian business of Carrefour and local market leader Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) do not make strategic sense and would likely face opposition from competition authorities, one analyst has indicated.

FRANCE: Brazil, Thailand drive Casino sales

13 Apr 2011

French grocery retailer Casino has recorded an increase in first-quarter sales, which it attributed to the consolidation of acquired assets in Brazil and Thailand.

FRANCE: Casino to re-brand Petit Casino chain

11 Apr 2011

French retailer Groupe Casino has confirmed that it plans to re-brand its Petit Casino convenience business.

FRANCE: Casino poaches Carrefour exec to head food purchasing

4 Apr 2011

Casino has announced the appointment of Nadège Beck to the post of director, food purchasing services.

In the spotlight: M&S crosses the English Channel once more

1 Apr 2011

The move was speculated about in the autumn but today Marks and Spencer, one of the flagship names of the UK retail landscape, has announced it will return to France - a decade after it quit the market. CEO Marc Bolland is upbeat about his plans, although reaction from retail analysts was mixed. Petah Marian reports.

The just-food management briefing - the globalisation of food retail

21 Mar 2011

Facing mature markets at home and a supplier base becoming ever-more international in scope, the world's largest grocers are expanding worldwide at a rapid rate. In this just-food management briefing, Glynn Davis explains why globalisation is becoming a key feature of the food-retail landscape, which retailers are at the forefront of this trend and which markets the companies are targeting in their quest for growth.

On the money: Casino confident on French growth

1 Mar 2011

Casino has insisted that its drive to grow domestic sales and profitability will strengthen over the coming 12 months as aims to increase its share of the highly competitive French grocery market.

FRANCE: International ops spur Casino profits

1 Mar 2011

French retailer Groupe Casino has revealed that sales gains at its international operations bolstered trading profit, which rose 7.5% during fiscal 2010.

COLOMBA: Exito hails "great year"

28 Feb 2011

Exito Group has hailed fiscal 2010 as a "great year" for the group, with net profits for the 12 months up by more than 70%.

BRAZIL: CBD records full-year gains

25 Feb 2011

Brazilian retailer CBD has recorded an increase in 2010 net income on the back of increasing sales.

FRANCE: Casino to pay settlement in Franprix-Leader Price dispute

15 Feb 2011

A French court has moved to settle the dispute between Casino and the Baud family over the latter relinquishing its stake in the French retailer's discount chain, Franprix-Leader Price.

INDONESIA: Wal-Mart in talks over "Matahari partnership"

8 Feb 2011

Wal-Mart Stores is reportedly in talks with Matahari Putra Prima over a possible partnership to develop the Indonesian retailer's hypermarkets.

Talking tech: Food retailers going mobile

4 Feb 2011

With the number of smartphone users to exceed 1bn globally by 2014, grocery retailers looking to build a cohesive multichannel experience for their customers need to consider how they approach this emerging channel.

FRANCE: Bedier steps down as head of FCD retail association

3 Feb 2011

Jérôme Bédier, head of French retail body FCD, is stepping down after 15 years as the public face of French retailing to take up a post in the private sector.

FRANCE: International gains boost Casino FY sales

18 Jan 2011

French retail giant Casino has recorded an increase in annual sales during 2010, led by double-digit gains from its international operations.

BRAZIL: CBD records Q4 gains

17 Jan 2011

Brazilian retailer CBD has recorded a 47.9% increase in fourth-quarter sales, figures that included a contribution from the recently-acquired electronics chain Casas Bahia.

INDONESIA: Matahari to retain hypermarket business

11 Jan 2011

Indonesia's largest grocery retailer PT Matahari Putra Prima has announced it will keep its hypermarket business, Hypermart, which had reportedly attracted interest from Wal-Mart Stores and Casino last year.

FRANCE: Casino appoints marketing chief

4 Jan 2011

French retail giant Casino has appointed Alain Thaly as its group marketing director.

FRANCE: Paris city officials urge competition probe into Casino

22 Dec 2010

Local government officials in Paris have asked France's anti-trust regulator to start an investigation into the market position of retailer Casino within the French capital.

FRANCE: Casino joins EMD buying alliance

22 Dec 2010

French retail giant Casino has become a member of the European Marketing Distribution (EMD) consortium.

The just-food management briefing - M&A in 2010 - a year in review

20 Dec 2010

Kraft Foods' move to buy Cadbury in January failed to spark a burst of M&A activity in the food industry, as economic conditions continued to dampen attitude to risk. As the year progressed, however, and confidence returned, the pace of acquisitions picked up. But as Dean Best reports, the nature and rationale behind the deals has altered significantly.

The just-food management briefing - M&A in 2010 - a timeline, part II

20 Dec 2010

As we headed into September, there was uncertainty about the prospects for M&A activity, with analysts at KPMG suggesting the value of deals in the food, drink and consumer goods space in the second quarter stood at just under US$19bn - down from the $49bn of deals recorded in the first three months of the year. However, the last months of 2010 saw a number of key pieces of M&A - notably the merger of Greencore and Northern Foods - and deals signed to see PepsiCo buy Wimm-Bill-Dann and a private-equity consortium by Del Monte Foods.

Best bits: Arla's merger plans show M&A bubbling as year ends

20 Dec 2010

The consolidation seen in Europe's dairy sector in 2010 was marked with a final flourish in the last weeks of the year on Friday (17 December) with Arla Foods' announcement that it plans to merge with Germany co-op Hansa-Milch.

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